Višeslav of Croatia


Višeslav of Croatia

Višeslav was one of the first princes (Croatian "knez") of Dalmatian Croatia. He ruled with the support of the Pope and Byzantium. The Croats warred against the Franks during his rule and avoided defeat until 803 - a year after his death.

Višeslav left behind a baptistry (in Croatian: "Višeslavova krstionica"), surviving to this day, which remains an important symbol of early Croatian history and the people's conversion to Christianity. The incription is in Latin, and mentions the name of a priest named John (Ivan) who baptized people during "the time of Prince Višeslav" in the honor of John the Baptist.


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