Stefan Dragutin

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Stefan Dragutin (d. March 12 1316) was king of Serbia from 1276 to 1282 and king of Srem from 1282 to 1316.

Stefan Dragutin, king of Serbia (1276-1282), king of Srem (1282-1316)
Stefan Dragutin, king of Serbia (1276-1282), king of Srem (1282-1316)

Dragutin was the eldest son of king Stefan Uroš. He married Katarina, daughter of Hungarian king Stefan V. He was the leading hungarophile in Serbian politics, and because of this he came in conflict with his father, from whom he then usurped the throne in 1276 with help of the Hungarians. He began to attack the Byzantine Empire but had no success.

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Kingdom of Srem

In 1282 he broke his leg while hunting and became ill; he hence gave the throne to his younger brother Milutin (the council at Dezevo 1282) while keeping for himself some northern parts of the country. Since his son Vladislav married the cousin of Hungarian king Andrija II, Dragutin in 1284 gained from Hungarian king areas of Mačva with Belgrade, Srem, Slavonia, and the Bosnian areas Soli and Usora, which he ruled until 1316, establishing family relations with Bosnian ban Stefan I Kotromanić. His new state was named Kingdom of Srem, and northern border of the state crossed not only river Sava, but also Danube. First capital of his state was Debrc (between Belgrade and Sabac), and latter he moved his residence to Belgrade. He is the first of the Serb rulers who ruled from the capital of Belgrade.

Near the end of the 13th century he expanded his territory, adding Braničevo and Kučevo. He came into conflict with his brother Milutin when Milutin wanted to create stronger political ties with the Byzantine Empire and obviously did not intend to give the throne to Dragutin's son Vladislav as agreed. Conflict between the brothers was calmed by the clergy in 1313. Near the end of his life he separated from his Hungarian friends and strengthened his connections in Serbia. He later became a monk and changed his name to Teoktist. He died in 1316 and was buried in the Djurdjevi Stupovi monastery near Novi Pazar. After Dragutin died, new ruler of the Kingdom of Srem became his son Vladislav II.

His marriage in about 1268 with Katarina, daughter of Stefan V issued at least four children:

  1. Jelisaveta or Elisaveta (Јелисавета), married in 1284 to the Bosnian ban Stefan I Kotromanić.
  2. anonymous daughter, married before 1300 to Pavle Subic (Павле Шубић).
  3. Vladislav II, king of Srem (1316-1325).
  4. Urosic (Урошиц), died as a monk.

See also


  • Miomir Filipovic - Fica, Tri cara i trideset i jedan kralj srpskog naroda, Cikago, 1992.
  • Drago Njegovan, Prisajedinjenje Vojvodine Srbiji, Novi Sad, 2004.
  • Small encyclopedia "Sveznanje" published by "Narodno delo", Belgrade, in 1937 which is today in public domain. This article is written from the point of view of that place and time and may not reflect modern opinions or recent discoveries.
  • Age, marriage and progeny information from The geneaology and coats of arms of Serbian dynasties and feudals (Родословне таблице и грбови српских династија и властеле); editors Aleksa Ivić (1928), Dusan Spasić, Aleksandar Plavestra and Dusan Mrdjenović (1987); Bata, Belgrade, ISBN 86-7685-007-0 (1928), ISBN 86-7335-050-6 (1987) (in Serbian language).de:Stefan Dragutin

sr:Стефан Драгутин


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