Crnojević noble family


southern Montenegro, northern Albania; north of Lake Skadar

Zeta Montenegro

main regions:

  • Upper Zeta 1326-1362, 1403-1530

towns:

  • Budva 1392-1396
  • Podgorica
Titles Nobleman Serbian: Ставилац, Властелин,
Courtier Дворски достојанственик, Челник,
Knight Витез,
Baron Italian: Baronez,
Duke Војвода,
Lord Господар,
Captain Kaпetaн,
Governor-General Bey, Бeг Founded before 1326, by Đuraš Final ruler Đurađ V 1515 Dissolution 1530

The Crnojević Serbian: pl Црнојевићи, Crnojevići was a medieval noble family that held Zeta, or parts of it; a region north of Lake Skadar corresponding to southern Montenegro and northern Albania, from 1326 to 1362, then 1403 until 1515 Its progenitor Đuraš Ilijić, was the head of Upper Zeta in the Serbian Kingdom and Empire r 1326-1362†, under Stephen Uroš III Dečanski, Dušan the Mighty and Uroš the Weak Đuraš was killed in 1362 by the Balšić family, the holders of Lower Zeta since 1360; Zeta was in the hands of the Balšići under nominal Imperial rule until 1421, when Serbian Despot Stefan Lazarević was given the province by Balša III 1403–1421 The family fought its rivals following the murder of Đuraš, and the Crnojevićs controlled Budva from 1392 until 1396, when Radič Crnojević was murdered by the Balšićs They are mentioned again in 1403, as vassals of the Republic of Venice, taking power in their hereditary lands

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 Origins
    • 12 Crnojević
  • 2 Rulers
  • 3 Family tree
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
    • 51 Sources
  • 6 External links

Historyedit

Originsedit

The oldest known ancestor is Head Ilija The family has been referred to as Đurašević, from Đuraš Ilijić, the son of Ilija, who was Head of Upper Zeta from 1326 until his death in 1362, when he was killed by the Balšić family Although Đuraš Ilijić was an important figure in the Serbian Kingdom, it was his grandson Đuraš Ilijić who became advisor of the Serbian King Stefan of Dečani in 1326 Five years later, Đuraš supported Prince Dušan Nemanjić in overthrowing the King

In 1355, the Croatian duchess and sister of Emperor Dušan, Jelena Nemanjić Šubić, had come greatly under pressure by the Hungarian King who attacked one of her cities in Croatia, Skradin Emperor Dušan dispatched Đuraš Ilijić to relieve the siège He left with an army and his two brothers, Nikola and Vladin, as well as his sons and nephews Đuraš successfully kept the city up to January 10, 1356, when Emperor Uroš, Dušan's successor, ordered him to deliver it to the Venetians Đuraš was liquidated by Balša I's sons as a rival in 1362 He was buried in the Church of Saint Michael on Prevlaka with the inscription "in Emperor's Stefan's name a fearsome knight2 Serbian: у цара Стефана трети витез

After this, the Đuraševići were greatly suppressed by the Balšići They ruled in the areas of Budva and the Gulf of Kotor At times, they cooperated with the Balšić, but most frequently fought them for control

Crnojevićedit

Flag of the Crnojevići

Radič, the successor of Crnoje, emerged, together with his brothers Stefan and Dobrivoje, as the masters of Budva, at the end of the 14th century He maintained close relations with the Republic of Dubrovnik, where he was an honorary citizen At the same time, the relations with City of Kotor were bad He frequently jeopordized Kotor and expanded his domain to include Grbalj and Paštrovići As the Serbian Empire crumbled, the House of Crnoje became virtually independent in Upper Zeta region around modern Cetinje Radič was killed in combat in a war against the House of Balšić in 1396

After the death of Radič, the Crnojevići, under the brothers Dobrivoj and Stefan, suffered a major decline There were territorial losses to the Đuraševići, led by the brothers Đurađ and Aleksa also called Lješ, both sons of the late Radič They were first referred to in sources in 1403 They seemed to have been actively supporting Đurađ II's campaign against the Crnojevići in the late 1390s They also played a major role in Sandalj Hranić's expulsion from Zeta through a campaign led by Đurađ As a reward, Đurađ gave them Budva, as well as Saint Michael's Metohija Grbalj The Đuraševići used this period of support of the Balšićs to gain much of the Crnojević possessions in the mountains behind Kotor Đuraš and Aleksa sided with Venetians and as their vassals ruled the area of Upper Zeta in 1403-1435

The most important role in establishing the family's rule in Zeta had Stefan I called "Stefanica" 1451–1465 He used the turmoil in Zeta and managed to become de facto ruler of the region He secured a leading position in his family and married Maria, Skenderbeg's sister After the fall of the southern part of Serbia under the Turks in 1455, Stefan acknowledged Venetian rule in return for autonomy on internal affairs and autonomy for the Orthodox Metropolitan His son Ivan 1465–1490, better known as Ivan-beg, started his rule with a war on the Venetians, but had to repent later in face of Turkish threat He was forced to become a Turkish vassal in addition to being a Venetian one already He was forced by Turks to flee to Italy in 1479 and managed to return only in 1481, again as the Turkish vassal He moved the seat of Zeta Metropolitan from Prevlaka to the more secure Cetinje in 1485 and soon it became his capital

Ivan's son Đurađ 1490–1496 remained consistent to his father's policies, although he married a daughter of a Venetian noble He fostered the printing house of Cetinje monastery in which the first book in Serbian was printed in 1494 When his contacts with the King of France on starting an anti-Ottoman war became known to the Turks, he had to flee Montenegro, which fell under direct Turkish rule He was an educated man known for his knowledge on many topics

He was succeeded by his brother Stefan II 1496–1498 who led the administration of Montenegro for the Ottoman Empire Ivan's third son Staniša, now islamized and renamed as Skender-beg, ruled his ancestral lands from 1513 to 1530 and was an obedient servant to the Sultan

The descendants of Đurađ lived in Hungary and Venice where they died out in the mid-17th century

Rulersedit

See also: List of rulers of Zeta
  • Đuraš Ilijić 1326–1362†
  • Radič fl 1392-1396†
  • Đurađ Đurašević and Aleksa 1403–1435
  • Gojčin 1435-1451
  • Stefan I 1451–1465
  • Ivan I 1465–1490
  • Đurađ IV 1490–1496
  • Stefan II 1496–1498
  • Ivan II 1498–1515
  • Đurađ V 1515–1516
  • Staniša-Skenderbeg 1516-1530, sanjak-bey of Montenegro

Family treeedit

  • Đuraš Vrančić
    • Ilija Đurašević
      • Đuraš Ilijić
        • Crnoje Đurašević
          • Radič Crnojević
            • Đurađ Đurašević Crnojević
              • Đurašin
              • Gojčin
              • Stefan Stefanica Crnojević
                • Đurađ Crnojević
                  • Charles Michael Petar Crnojevic
                • Ivan Crnojević
                  • Đurađ Crnojević
                    • Solomon
                    • Konstantin
                      • Jovan
                        • Viktor
                          • Jovan
                          • Faustina
                    • Ivan
                      • Đurađ Vcitation needed
                    • Antonija married to Jerolim Zagurović
                      • Anđelo Zagurović
                    • Unknown Daughter
                    • Unknown Daughter
                  • Stefan
                  • Staniša Skenderbeg, Sanjak-bey of Montenegro
                  • Unknown Daughter
                  • Unknown Daughter
              • Unknown Son
            • Aleksa Lješ, Alexius Đurašević Crnojević
        • Stefan
        • Dobrovoj
      • Nikola
      • Vladin

See alsoedit

  • List of rulers of Montenegro

Referencesedit

Sourcesedit

  • Vladimir Corovic: Istorija srpskog naroda "Kralj Lajoš se, doista, počeo spremati na Srbe, ali ne mogade tokom 1355 god preći u napadaj Možda nije imao ni prave volje da primi borbu s Dušanom, čiju je snagu znao i video Sem sa Srbijom on je rđavo stajao i sa Mletačkom Republikom, nešto zbog mletačkih veza sa Srbima, a mnogo više zbog njenog učvršćivanja u Dalmaciji Zbog izvesnih gradova u Dalmaciji, posebno zbog Klisa i Skradina, koji su pripadali Šubićima, odnosno Dušanovoj sestri Jeleni, udovici Mladena III, bilo je dosta pregonjenja i pregovaranja Te gradove su hteli i Mlečani i Mađari i Bosanci, dok je Dušan želeo da ih očuva sestri kao svojoj saveznici, možda kao strateške tačke prema Bosni, sa njene zapadne strane Dušanova vojska ušla je 1355 god u te gradove Kako car nije hteo nikakva sukoba s Mlečanima, on je, videći njihovu nesavladivu želju da dobiju te gradove, pristao da njegova sestra povede pregovore o prodaji Videći neraspoloženje skradinskog građanstva protiv svojih ljudi, a čuvši možda i za carevu smrt, njegov vojvoda Đuraš Ilić predade taj grad Mlečanima 10 januara 1356 god, kako mu car beše ranije naredio Grad Klis preoteli su Mađari"
  • Sveta loza Stefana Nemanje, chapter 41
  • The Late Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Late Twelfth Century to the Ottoman Conquest, John Van Antwerp Fine, 1987
  • Encyclopædia Britannica

External linksedit

  • House of Crnojević official site in Serbian


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