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Serbian Despotate

1402–1459 Serbian state / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Serbian Despotate (Serbian: Српска деспотовина / Srpska despotovina) was a medieval Serbian state in the first half of the 15th century. Although the Battle of Kosovo in 1389 is generally considered the end of medieval Serbia, the Despotate, a successor of the Serbian Empire and Moravian Serbia, lasted for another 60 years, experiencing a cultural, economic and political renaissance, especially during the reign of despot Stefan Lazarević. After the death despot Đurađ Branković in 1456, the Despotate continued to exist for another 3 years before it finally fell under Ottoman rule in 1459.

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Serbian Despotate
Српска Деспотовина (Serbian)
Srpska Despotovina (Serbian)
  • 1402–1439
  • 1439–1459
The Serbian Despotate in 1422
CapitalBeograd
Smederevo
Bar
Common languagesOld Serbian
Religion
Serbian Orthodox
Demonym(s)Serbian, Serb
GovernmentMonarchy
Despot 
 1402–1427
Stefan Lazarević
 1427–1456
Đurađ Branković
 1456–1458
Lazar Branković
 1458–1459
Stefan Branković
 1459
Stefan Tomašević
Establishment
Historical eraMiddle ages
 Establishment
22 February 1402
 Conquest by the Ottoman Empire
1439
 Reestablishment
1439
 Reconquest by the Ottoman Empire
20 June 1459
CurrencySerbian dinar
ISO 3166 codeRS
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Moravian Serbia
District of Branković
Zeta under the Balšići
Sanjak of Smederevo
Banate of Belgrade
Zeta under the Crnojevići
Today part ofSerbia
Montenegro
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After 1459, political traditions of the Serbian Despotate continued to exist in exile, in the medieval Kingdom of Hungary, with several titular despots of Serbia, who were appointed by kings of Hungary. The last titular Despot of Serbia was Pavle Bakić, who fell in the Battle of Gorjani.[1]