Branković dynasty

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The Branković (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранковић, pl. Brankovići / Бранковићи, pronounced [brǎːnkɔv̞itɕ]) is a Serbian medieval noble family and dynasty.[1] According to genealogies created in the first half of the 15th century, the family descends via female lineage, through marriage with the Nemanjić dynasty. The family rose to prominence during the fall of the Serbian Empire. The original family domains were centered in the Kosovo region. Later family members extended their rule over all remaining unconquered regions of Serbia making them the last sovereign rulers of medieval Serbian state. The dynasty ruled the Serbian Despotate from 1427 to 1459, and their descendants continue to claim the throne of the Despotate Serbia, some having entered the ranks of the Hungarian aristocracy, while other descendants of the dynasty continue to go by a courtesy title.[2]

Coat of Arms
Parent houseNemanjić dynasty (maternally)
CountryFlag of the Serbian Empire, reconstruction.svg Serbian Empire
District of Branković
Despot of Serbia.png Serbian Despotate
Flag of Vladislaus II of Hungary.svg Kingdom of Hungary
Foundedbefore 1323 (1323)
FounderBranko Mladenović (noble family), Vuk Branković (royal family)
Final rulerJovan Branković
TitlesDespot of Serbia (1427–1502; royal)

Grand Prince of Rascia

Prince of Zeta and the Zetan Maritime

Lord of the Serbs and Pomorije and Podunavije

Prince Branković (after 1502)
"Royal Highness"
"Serene Highness"

Members of the family intermarried with other noble houses from neighbouring countries including Austrian and Hungarian nobility, and provided at least one wife to Ottoman Sultan. By the 17th century, Branković blood had entered into the House of Habsburg, providing more descendants into the ruling houses of Europe. One such descendant was Maria of Yugoslavia, the wife of Alexander I of Yugoslavia. With the ascension of her son Peter II of Yugoslavia in 1934, Branković, Lazarević, and Nemanjić blood returned to the Serbian throne.

Some of the family members were:

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  1. ^ Spremić 2004, p. 441–452.
  2. ^ Božanić 2015, p. 191-203.
  3. ^ Vizantološki institut (Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti) (1975). Zbornik radova. Naučno delo. p. 165. Брат војводе Младена, Радоњиног деде био је жупан Никола


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