Were King Stefan The First-Crowned And His Son Radoslav Co-Rulers? Cover Image

Da li su kralj Stefan Prvovenčani i njegov sin Radoslav bili savladari?
Were King Stefan The First-Crowned And His Son Radoslav Co-Rulers?

Author(s): Đorđe Bubalo
Subject(s): History
Published by: Vizantološki institut SANU
Keywords: co-rule; King Stefan the First-Crowned; King Radoslav; monastery of Zica; Duklja

Summary/Abstract: The Serbian historiography considers the issue of the co-ruling of King Stefan the First-Crowned and his son Radoslav as the one finally resolved. The suggested solution on the co-rule of Stefan and Radoslav may be most succinctly expressed as following: as early as in the year of 1220, due to the frail health of Stefan the First-Crowned and Radoslav’s marriage to Anne, the Epirus princess, Radoslav was crowned to be the king and positioned to co-rule with his father after the Byzantine model of governing. Nevertheless, this point of view has some loose ends. The notion of co-ruling and the very term of ‘co-ruler’ are quite freely used in the scholarly works. A general consensus on the precise meaning has not been reached yet. At the point where one author perceives a co-rule, the other categorically denies it. Basically, the approach equalising the heir to the throne and the co-ruler is wrong. Although the co-rulers in most cases were the throne heirs, they cannot be called the co-rulers because of the right to inherit the throne, but for the ruling attributes that formally established that right.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 46
  • Page Range: 201-229
  • Page Count: 29
  • Language: Serbian