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Matko Talovac (Latin: Mathkoni de Thallowcz,[1] Hungarian: Tallóci Matkó) or Matija Talovac[2] (Serbian Cyrillic: Матија Таловац), was the Ban of Slavonia from 1435 to 1445.

Matko Talovac
Bornbefore 1435
OccupationBan of Slavonia



Talovac hailed from the island of Korčula and was also a citizen of the Republic of Ragusa. He belonged to the Talovac family which was influential in the region of Cetina in the 15th century.[3] His brother Jovan (or Ivan) has been described as being Serb.[4][5][6]

Matko's brother Petar Talovac was the ban of Croatia and Dalmatia from 1438 to 1453. His second brother Franko was the ban of Severin, prefect of Temeš and captain of Belgrade. His third brother Ivan was the prior of Vrana.[when?] Accepting the royal gifts of lands, the Talovac brothers were for a time the most powerful lords in all of the Croatian lands. Their rule extended from Belgrade to Senj and from the Drava to the Neretva.


Matko served at the court of Serbian Despot Stefan Lazarević.[7] He later became a castellan of Hungarian-held Belgrade, before he was appointed the position of ban in 1435.[8] His brothers Ivan and Frank succeeded him on the position of castellan of Belgrade.[9]

He held land in Topolovac (some sources call it Thallowch, Talloca), given to him by Emperor Sigismund from which he took the name Talovac. In 1430 he was the castellan of Kovin. In service to Emperor Sigmund he was named the steward of the Zagreb bishopric in 1433; in 1434 he was named prior of Vrana and in 1435 he was named ban of all Slavonia. His rulership came at a time of rapturous Ottoman incursions into Croatian[where?] territory and internal fighting of feudal lords.

Matko Talovac died in 1445.


  1. ^ Monumenta hungariae historica: Magyar történelmi emlékek. Okmánytárak. 1910.
  2. ^ Rattkay, Juraj (2001). Spomen na kraljeve i banove: Kraljevstava Dalmacije, Hrvatske i Slavonije. Hrvatski institut za povijest. p. 180. ISBN 978-953-6324-21-7.
  3. ^ Pregled istorije jugoslovenskih naroda: Ot najstarijih vremena do 1848. Zavod za izdavanje Republike Scbije. 1960. p. 105.
  4. ^ Kanitz, Felix Philipp (1904). Das königreich Serbien und das Serbenvolk. B. Meyer. p. 9. ...den ragusanischen Serben Jovan Talovac...
  5. ^ Stojković 1893, p. 30.
  6. ^ Paunović, Marinko (1968). Beograd: večiti grad. N.U. "Svetozar Marković,". p. 251. ... према Београду, којег је бранио дубровачки Србин Јован Таловац.
  7. ^ Elezović & Škrivanić 1956, p. 22.
  8. ^ Летопис Матице српске. У Српској народној задружној штампарији. 1913. p. 421.
  9. ^ Летопис Матице српске. У Српској народној задружној штампарији. 1913. p. 421.


Preceded by
Hermann II of Celje
Ban of Slavonia
Succeeded by
Frederick II of Celje
Ulrich II of Celje