Nikola Altomanović

Nikola Altomanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Алтомановић; died after 1395) was a 14th-century Serbian župan of the House of Vojinović. He ruled the areas from Rudnik, over Polimlje, Podrinje, east Herzegovina with Trebinje, reaching as far as Konavle and Dračevica, neighboring the Republic of Dubrovnik. He was defeated and blinded in Užice (fortress Užice) in 1373 by a coalition of his Serbian and Bosnian royals neighbors supported by the king of Hungary.[1]

Realm of Nikola Altomanović
Coat of arms of Vojinović/Altomanović dynasty


Nicholas Altomanović lost their territories in conflict with a coalition of: Prince Lazar of Serbia, Bosnian ban Tvrtko and King Ludwig I. 1: The expansion of parts of Bosnia Nicholas Altomanović possession, after his defeat in 1373; 2: Temporarily taking Dračevica, Konavli and Trebinje by Zeta (Balsic); 3: Today's borders of Montenegro.

His father was Altoman Vojinović, a vojvod in Zeta. In 1363, Nikola's uncle Vojislav Vojinović was killed and Nikola used his uncle's death to gain a piece of his land. He allied himself with Lazar Hrebeljanović against King Vukašin Mrnjavčević and they managed to persuade Uroš to support them. However, after Lazar pulled out at the critical moment they were defeated at Kosovo in 1369.[2]

In 1373, a military alliance against Nikola was created, which included Bosnian Ban Tvrtko I Kotromanić, Zetan Ruler Đurađ I Balšić, Mačvan Prince Nikola Gorjanski, and Hungarian King Ludovik I. In the same year, they battled against Nikola and Nikola lost, thus his territory was split between Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović of Serbia, Đurađ I Balšić of Zeta, and Ban Tvrtko I Kotromanić of Bosnia.

In fall of 1373, after the Serbian defeat against the Ottomans at the Battle of Maritsa he partitioned some lands with Lazar of Serbia.[1]

Last time he was mentioned as still alive in 1395.[3]


  1. ^ a b Ćirković 2004.
  2. ^ Rade Mihaljčić, Kraj srpskog carstva, p118
  3. ^ Istorijska biblioteka: Nikola Altomanović


  • Bataković, Dušan T., ed. (2005). Histoire du peuple serbe [History of the Serbian People] (in French). Lausanne: L’Age d’Homme.
  • Ćirković, Sima (2004). The Serbs. Malden: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Fine, John Van Antwerp Jr. (1994) [1987]. The Late Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Late Twelfth Century to the Ottoman Conquest. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press.

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