Stefan was less than ten years old when his father died, thus, the Despot title was recognized to him only in 1520. After the defeat of the Hungarians at Mohács (1526), the Hungarian nobility was divided into two sides; one led by King Ferdinand Habsburg, on whose side Berislavić stood, and one led by John Zápolya, the Duke of Transylvania. Stefan died in 1535. After the fall of Hungary, there were two more titular Despots, Radič Božić (1527–28), received by Zápolya, and Pavle Bakić (1537), received by Ferdinand.
Name: He was crowned "Stefan, Despot of Rascia" (Stefan despot Raške). Croatian historiography use Stjepan, while Serbian historiography use Stefan, Stevan and Stjepan. In Hungarian, his full name is written Beriszló István.
^ abDrago Roksandić (2004). Etnos, konfesija, tolerancija. Srpsko Kulturno Društvo "Prosvjeta". ISBN 978-953-6627-65-3. Među njegovim pristašama bio je i tadašnji srpski despot, inače hrvatski velikaš, Stjepan (Stefan) Berislavić, koji je sudjelovao i u svečanosti krunisanja kao "Stefan despot Raške".4
^ abStrossmayer, Josip Juraj (2005). Izabrani književni i politički spisi. Berislavići Grabarski
^Gábor Barta (1994). La route qui mène à Istanbul: 1526-1528. Akadémiai Kiadó. ISBN 978-963-05-6783-1. Beriszlô, Istvân (Stevan Berislavic)