Branivojević noble family

The Branivojević (Serbian: Бранивојевићи) was most powerful Serbian noble family of their time, that held possessions in Zahumlje, Travunija, and Primorije, later known as Hum. The progenitor, Branivoje, served Serbian King Stefan Milutin (ruled 1282–1321), and was given rule of Ston and Pelješac. The family had by 1325 emerged as the strongest family in Zahumlje, later Hum.[1] In 1326, while serving Serbian King Stefan Dečanski (ruled 1321–31), Branoje Branivojević, as the lord of Ston and Pelješac at the time, was given a great two-handed sword.[2] Probably at their highest point they ruled from Cetina river to the town of Kotor.[1]

CountryKingdom of Serbia (medieval) (fl. 1318–26)
Banate of Bosnia (fl. around 1326)
Foundedbefore 1318
Estate(s)župa (county) of Cetina and
Dissolutionafter 1326

Internal fights provided opportunity for the peripheral nobility, which would have bad consequences in the west, Hum; the Branivojević brothers entered politics in the relations with Venice, Croatian magnates and Bosnian ban.[3] Though nominal vassals of Serbia, the Branivojević family attacked Serbian interests and other local nobles of Hum, who in 1326 turned against Serbia and the Branivojevići.[1] The Hum nobility approached Stjepan Kotromanić II, the ban of Bosnia, who then annexed most of Hum.[1] The Draživojević of Nevesinje, as vassals of the Bosnian Ban, became the leading family of Hum in 1330s.[1]

Family treeEdit

  • Branivoje (fl. 1318), a local magnate that served Serbian King Stefan Milutin
    • Branoje Branivojević (fl. 1326), Lord of Ston and Pelješac
    • Mihajlo Branivojević (died 1326)
    • Branko Branivojević (died 1326)
    • Brajko Branivojević (died 1326), married to Vojislava Vojinović

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Fine 1994, pp. 266–7.
  2. ^ Blagojević & Petković 1989, p. 44.
  3. ^ Sima M. Ćirković (2004). Srbi među evropskim narodima. Equilibrium. p. 64. ISBN 9788682937043.


Further readingEdit

  • Зечевић, М., Бранивојевићи (in Serbian)