Despot Radič Božić
Radič Božić
Serbian Despot
Despot of Serbia
PredecessorStevan Berislavić
SuccessorPavle Bakić
DiedSeptember 1528
Full name
Radič Božić
ReligionSerbian Orthodox Christian

Radič Božić (Serbian: Радич Божић ; fl. 1502 - September 1528) was the Despot of Serbia in 1527 until his death in September 1528. He ruled a territory under the Hungarian crown, and was the voivode of a large army that fought the Ottoman Empire in several battles, most notably the Battle of Mohács.



He left Ottoman-occupied Serbia for Hungary, and received the towns of Solymos and Lippa by Vladislas II of Hungary. He was part of the Hungarian-Serbian Army that crossed into Serbia in 1502 and burnt the Ottoman bases at Kladovo, Vidin and Nikopolje.

In 1522, he became the commander of a flotilla with 500 chaiki. Together with Pál Tomori he defeated the Bosnian Pasha Ferhat at Manđelos in Syrmia in August 12, 1523. Although he was sick and old, he defeated an Ottoman band at Petrovaradin in 1526, then participated in the Battle of Mohács, as well as destroying an Ottoman Army department at Titel after the battle. Voivode John Zápolya called him the most revered Serbian person in Hungary.

During the succession war between Ferdinand I and John Zápolya, he took the side of Zápolya. In 1527, he received the title of Despot by Zápolya, the King of Hungary.

He died in September 1528.

See also

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Stevan Berislavić
Serbian Despot
1527 - 1528
Succeeded by
Pavle Bakić



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