Venerable Mother Angelina, Despotess of Serbia
Fresco in Krušedol depicting Angelina
Berat (present day Albania)
|Died||Beginning of the 16th century|
Krušedol Monastery (present day Serbia)
|Venerated in||Serbian Orthodox Church|
|Major shrine||Krušedol Monastery|
|Feast||July 30 or December 10|
Angelina Branković (Serbian Cyrillic: Ангелина Бранковић; Albanian: Angjelina Arianiti ca. 1440–1520), née Arianiti, was the despotess consort of Serbian Despot Stefan Branković (r. 1458—1459), and a daughter of Albanian nobleman Gjergj Arianiti. For her pious life she was proclaimed a saint and venerated as such by the Serbian Orthodox Church as Venerable Mother Angelina (Serbian: Преподобна мати Ангелина/Prepodobna mati Angelina[a]).
Angelina was the sixth daughter of Albanian nobleman Gjergj Arianiti (1383–1462). In 1460, she married exiled Serbian ruler Stefan Branković (r. 1458–59), son of the former Serbian Despot Đurađ Branković (r. 1427—1456). They met when Stefan came to northern Albania, to visit Albanian prince Skanderbeg, who was married to Angelina′s sister Donika.
The couple left Albania for northern Italy, and acquired castle Belgrado in the region of Friuli. Stefan died in 1476, at family estate in Belgrado. At first, Angelina and their children remained in northern Italy. In 1479, emperor Friedrich III granted them castle Weitensfeld, and Angelina with her children moved to Carinthia.
In 1485, their cousin, titular Serbian Despot Vuk Branković died, and Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus invited Angelina′s sons to take over their dynastic inheritance. Angelina and her family went to the Kingdom of Hungary, where her elder son, George, became new titular despot of the Serbian Despotate (1486). The territory of the Despotate had been under the Ottoman Empire since its collapse in 1459. Later Angelina retired in the Krušedol Monastery, in the Fruška Gora mountain of Syrmia, where she died in the beginning of the 16th century.
Angelina and Stefan were married from 1461 until his death in 1476. They had children:
She is venerated as a saint by the Serbian Orthodox Church as Venerable Mother Angelina and her feast day is July 30, while she is also venerated on December 10, together with her husband, St. Stephen, and her son, St. John.> She wrote a hagiography known as Hagiography of Mother Angelina (Serbian: Житије мајке Ангелине/Žitije majke Angeline).
Relic case of Angelina's remains
Outer wall of Krušedol with ston-icon of Angelina
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