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Vukašin Mrnjavčević
župan of Prilep
King of the Serbs and the Greeks
Vukasin Mrnjavcevic.jpg
A fresco depicting Vukašin in the Serbian Orthodox Psača monastery.
Reign 1365-1371
Full name Vukašin Mrnjavčević
Titles Despot
Born ~1320
Birthplace Livno
Died September 26, 1371
Place of death Maritsa, Bulgaria
Successor Marko
Consort Elena
Offspring Marko
Royal House House of Mrnjavčević
Father Mrnjava
Religious beliefs Serbian Orthodox

Vukašin Mrnjavčević (Serbian Cyrillic: Вукашин Мрњавчевић; around 1320-1371) was a Serbian medieval ruler in modern-day central and northwestern Macedonia, who ruled from 1365 to 1371.[1]

He is mentioned in March 1350 as župan of Prilep, and later was given title despot by Serbian tsar Stefan Uroš V. In 1365 he was crowned king of the Serbs and Greeks as the co-ruler of emperor Uroš.[1]

He ruled over an area which included Prizren, Skopje and Prilep, and had good relations with his brother, Despot Jovan Uglješa who ruled an area around Ser. Later he became strong enough to disobey Uroš.

In 1371, he established a coalition with his brother against the Ottomans. The Serbian army of the coalition numbering ca. 70,000 men met the Ottoman army led by beylerbey of Rumeli Lala Şâhin Paşa at Battle of Maritsa on September 26, 1371 where superior Ottoman tactics won over outnumbering coalition army. Vukašin's forces are routed and himself killed during the battle.



With his wife Elena, Vukašin had the sons Marko, Andrijaš and Dmitar, and daughter Olivera who was married for Djuradj I Balsic.[2]

In popular culture

Brian Aldiss - published an alternative-history fantasy story "The Day Of The Doomed King" about King Vukašin.

See also


  1. ^ a b "King Vukasin and the Disastrous Battle of Marica" M.A. Vladislav Boskovic, GRIN Verlag, 2009, ISBN 9783640492435
  2. ^ F. Miklosich, Monumenta Serbica, Vienna 1858, p.180
  • Opća enciklopedija, Zagreb 1982
Preceded by
Stefan Uroš V
King of the Serbs and the Greeks
Co-ruler with Stefan Uroš V

Succeeded by
Prince Marko
Preceded by
Post created
Župan of Prilep
Succeeded by
Prince Marko
Kingdom of Prilep

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