House of Vukanović


House of Vukanović

Royal house
surname = House of Vukanović/Urošević
estate = of Rascia, Zachlumia, Croatia,
Dioclea (Zeta) and Travunia
coat of arms =
country = Serbia
titles = Prince/Duke (Жупан/Župan; Кнез/Knez)
Grand Prince (Велики Жупан/Veliki Župan)
Ban (Бан/Ban)
parent house = House of Vojislavljević
founder = Vukan
final ruler = Tihomir (Rascian branch)
Radoslav (Zachumlian branch)
current head = extinct
founding year = 1083/1084
dissolution = 1166 (Rascian branch)
1252/55? (Zachumlian branch)
nationality = Serbian
cadet branches = House of Nemanjić

The House of Vukanović (also known as the House of Urošević) was a medieval Serbian dynasty that reigned over Rascia and Zachumlia between late-11th century and mid-13th century. The house itself directly descended from the House of Vojislavljević, which ruled over medieval Serb lands. The dynasty was succeeded by its direct descendant, the House of Nemanjić.

The House of Vukanović was named after its founder, Vukan. However, the House itself was also known as the House of Urošević after Vukan's nephew, Uroš I, who was a powerful ruler and more well-known.

The rulers of this dynasty were split into two branches: the Rascian branch and the Zachumlian branch. Rulers of the Rascian branch wore the title "Grand Prince of Rascia" from its foundation, while its Zachumlian branch wore the title "Prince of Zachumlia". Other titles included "Ban of Croatia", held by Beloš of the Rascian branch, "Prince of Dioclea (Zeta) and Travunia", held by Desa of the Rascian branch, and "Count of Split", held by Petar of the Zachumlian branch. Other titles included "Duke of Upper Zachumlia", held by Toljen II of the Zachumlian branch, "Duke of Southern Zachumlia", held by Andrija of the Zachumlian branch, and "Prince of the Seaside", also held by Andrija of the Zachumlian branch.

According to the Chronicle of the Priest of Duklja, Dioclean king Constantine Bodin gained Rascia in 1083/84 and assigned two princes who lived in his castle, brothers Vukan and Marko, to govern Rascia. According to Mavro Orbini, Bodin split Rascia into two principalities, assigning one of the principalities to Vukan and the other to Marko.

Rulers

Rascian branch

* Vukan (1083/84 - 1112/15)
* Marko (1083/84 - 1112/15)
* Uroš I (1112/15 - 1131/ca. 1145)
* Uroš II Primislav (ca. 1145 - 1155, 1155 - 1161/62)
* Beloš (1142 - 1158, 1163 (Croatia); 1161/1162 (Rascia))
* Desa (1155, 1161/62 - 1165 (Rascia); 1148 - 1162 (Dioclea))
* Tihomir (1165 - 1166)
* Stefan Nemanja (1166 - 1196):* (thereafter House of Nemanjić)

Zachumlian branch

* Zavida
* Miroslav (1162/68 - 1171/90)
* Toljen (1192 - 1198)
* Petar (1198 - 1227 (Zachumlia); 1222 - 1225 (Split))
* Toljen II (? - 1239)
* Nikola
* Andrija (? - 1250)
* Bogdan (? - 1249)
* Radoslav (1249 - 1252/1255)

References

*Chronicle of the Priest of Duklja
* [http://sokol.editboard.com/Vukanovici-h27.htm Sokol Grad: Vukanovici]
*"Vladari srpskih zemalja", M. Pajović
* [http://www.geocities.com/miljakovic/uz.htm#Vukanovic Srpski vladari: Vukanovići]


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