District of Branković

Земља Бранковића
Zemlja Brankovića
1371–1412
Flag of Branković
Flag
Coat of arms of Branković
Coat of arms
Realm of Brankovic
Realm of Brankovic
CapitalVučitrn
Common languagesSerbian
Religion
Serbian Orthodox Church
GovernmentMonarchy
Lord (Gospodin) 
• 1371–1396
Vuk Branković
• 1396–1412
Đurađ Branković
History 
• Dissolution of the Serbian Empire
1371
• Peace between Stefan Lazarević and Đurađ
1412
CurrencySerbian perper
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Serbian Empire
Serbian Despotate

The District of Branković (Serbian: Земља Бранковића, Zemlja Brankovića) or Vuk's land (Serbian: Вукова земља, Vukova zemlja) was one of the short lived semi-independent states that emerged from the collapse of the Serbian Empire in 1371, following the death of the last Emperor Uroš the Weak (1346-1371). The founder of this realm was Vuk Branković, the son of sebastokrator Branko Mladenović who governed Ohrid under Stefan Dušan the Mighty (1331-1346). Through Vuk's marriage with Mara, the daughter of Moravian Serbia's Prince Lazar, he was given substantial lands to govern in Kosovo.

The Realm of Branković was located in the largest part of today's Kosovo. Vuk also governed areas in Raška (including the old Serbian capital Ras) and lands in Polimlje in present-day northern Montenegro, as well as Skoplje. After the death of Đurađ I Balšić of Zeta, Vuk captured cities of Prizren and Peć and the area of Metohija.[1] The most important cities in Vuk's Realm were Priština, Prizren, Peć, Skopje and Ras, as well as the rich mining settlements of Novo Brdo, Trepča, Janjevo, Gluhavica and others.[2]

The semi-independent lordship ceased to exist as such with the establishment of Serbian Despotate by Stefan Lazarević. Still, the Branković yielded a very significant amount of power in the state, controlling most of Serbia's extremely rich ore extraction sites. Đurađ Branković inherited the title of Serbian despot as Stefan died childless.

References

  1. ^ John VA Fine, The Late Mediaeval Balkans,p.389
  2. ^ M. Ćirković, Vuk Tošić, The Serbs,Wiley-Blackwell, 2004,p.79