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Поствизантијски деспоти
Post-byzantine Despots

Author(s): Sima Ćirković
Subject(s): History
Published by: Vizantološki institut SANU

Summary/Abstract: The study of роst-Вуzаntinе despots was begun bу В. Ferjancic with the ех ample of Serbian despots and the descendants of the Palaiologoi in the Morea. Mention is made of despots who were accorded that title bу the Habsbourgs (Воzidar Vukovic addressed Charles V with а plea to invest him with the title of despot). It has also bееn pointed to the change evident in the example of Serbian despots in Hungary: the connection with the ruler is not considered important, but rather the link with the family of former despots, which strengthens the conviction that thc dignity of despot was hereditary. Examples of spreading information аbо ut the despotic title have bееn presented (Constantine Lascaris, Gemistos, Соnstantine Mousakis, Andreas Gitti). From the mid-16th century, rulers ceased to арpoint despots, but politicallife saw the appearance of self-proclaimed descendents of former despotic families. The best known is Јасоb Heraclides, who bесаmе а ruler of Moldavia (1561-1563) as а descendant of Serbian despots, а relative of the woman-ruler who was а grand-daughter of the Despot Јоуаn Brankovic; and Djordje Brankovic of Erdelj, who made use of literature about former despots. Ву force Of circumstances he exerted influence оn the political life of the Serbs in Hungary at the tum of the 17th and the 18th centuries. The nаmе of Vojvodina (duchy) originated from his pretensions through the duke (vojvoda) and sub-duke (podvojvoda).

  • Issue Year: 1999
  • Issue No: 38
  • Page Range: 395-406
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Serbian