Vlatko Vuković Kosača (died 1392) was a 14th-century Bosnian nobleman, Duke of Hum, Grand Duke of Bosnia (Bosnian: Veliki vojvoda bosanski) and one of the best military commanders of King Tvrtko I, for whom he governed Hum (part of modern-day Herzegovina), which was part of the Banate of Bosnia and later Kingdom of Bosnia. Vlatko was probably a son of duke Vuk Kosača, often regarded as founder of the Kosača noble family.
|Grand Duke of Bosnia|
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Proto-heraldic emblem usually assigned to Hrana and Vlatko Vuković in the so called Illyrian armorials.
|Predecessor||brother Hrana Vuković|
|Family||Kosača noble family|
Battle of BilećaEdit
The Ottoman threat was building to the east, threatening Bosnia and its southeastern regions in Hum. On 27 August 1388, Grand Duke Vlatko defeated an Ottoman raiding party (probably up to 18,000 strong) in the Battle of Bileća. Bosnian heavy cavalry is typically credited with winning the battle as they broke the Ottoman ranks and pursued the retreating enemy. Celebrated Ottoman commander Lala Sahin Pasha (Turkish: Lala Şahin Paşa, 1330 – cca 1382) barely managed to save himself with the small band of his soldiers.
Battle of KosovoEdit
In 1389, dispatched by his king Tvrtko I, he commanded a Bosnian army contingent as part of Christian coalition that fought alongside Serbian prince Lazar Hrebeljanović at the Battle of Kosovo against the Ottomans. Vuković was one of few commanders who survived the battle. Although the battle is viewed now as tactically inconclusive, at the time the battle was viewed differently - Vuković reported the outcome of the battle as a victory, as the Ottomans suffered heavy losses and were forced to withdraw for a time.
A council was convoked by the king or noblemen who opposed the sale of Konavli by Radič Sanković to Dubrovnik, He and Pavle Radenović later captured Konavli and divided it between themselves. Vlatko later died.
Death and burialEdit
He died in 1392. His nephew Sandalj Hranić succeeded him. Vuković's grave lies marked near the village of Boljuni near Stolac, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Inscription on the grave was written in Bosančica: "Ase leži dobri junak i čovjek Vlatko Vuković" (English: "Here lies a good hero and good man, Vlatko Vuković")
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- Historijsko područje- nekropola stećaka I i II Boljuni - Komisija za očuvanje nacionalnih spomenika BiH
- Vlatko Vuković's grave location in Panoramio
- Šefik Bešlagić, Stećci - kataloško-topografski pregled
Hrvoje Vukčić Hrvatinić
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Sandalj Hranić Kosača