List of rulers of Bosnia

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This is a list of rulers of Bosnia, containing bans and kings of Medieval Bosnia.

Ban (title) Noble title used in Central and Southeastern Europe

Ban was a noble title used in several states in Central and Southeastern Europe between the 7th century and the 20th century, primarily in medieval Croatia and Hungary and their respective predecessor states. In English, a common term for the province governed by the ban is banate and term for the office of the ban is banship.


Early rulers (1082–1136)

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Constantine Bodin
He was appointed governor of Bosnia by King Constantine Bodin of Dioclea (r. 1081–1101), his kinsman, sometime between 1082-5. [1] [2]
Annexed by the Vukanović dynasty (1101–1136)[ citation needed ]

Banate of Bosnia (1136–1377)

Conquered by Béla II of Hungary in 1136; Ladislaus II of Hungary first held the title Duke of Bosnia 1137–1154
Boričević 1154–1163
Beloš (1154–1158)
Géza II (1158–1162)
Stephen IV (1162–1163)
1167: Bosnia claimed by the Byzantine Empire [3]
1180s: Bosnia claimed by the Kingdom of Hungary
Kulinić 1180–1204
Manuel I Comnenus (1180–1183)
Emeric I (1183–1204)
Seal of Ban Matej Ninoslav, 1240.jpg Ban
Matej Ninoslav (Matthew Ninoslaus)
Prijezda I
Kotromanić 1254–1287
Michael of Bosnia (1262–1266)
Béla of Macsó (1266–1272)
Stephen Gutkeled (1272–1273)
Prijezda II
In 1299, Paul I Šubić of Bribir took the title Lord of Bosnia (Bosniae dominus) and named his brother Mladen I Šubić of Bribir as the Bosnian Ban. Mladen was Bosnian Ban from 1299–1304. From 1299 Mladen I was at war with Stephen I.
Stephen I
In 1305, Paul Šubić took the title Lord of all of Bosnia (totius Bosniae dominus). Paul was from 1305–1312 Lord of all of Bosnia.
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Šubić 1305–1312
Mladen II
Paul's eldest son Mladen II Šubić of Bribir was Lord of all of Bosnia from 1312–1322. In 1314, Mladen II appoints Stephen II Kotromanić, his former enemy, as vassal in Bosnia
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Stephen II
Kotromanić 1322–1353
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Tvrtko I
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Tvrtko I (2nd time)

Kingdom of Bosnia (1377–1463)

All Bosnian kings added the honorific Stephen to their baptismal name upon accession.

Stephen (honorific)

The name Stephen, long popular among South Slavic monarchs, was used as an honorific or as a royal title by various rulers of Serbia and claimants to the Serbian throne, most notably the Nemanjić kings of Serbia and the Kotromanić kings of Bosnia.

Tvrtko I
26 October 1377 – 10 March 1391
son of Vladislav Kotromanić and Jelena Šubić
Dorothea of Bulgaria
8 December 1374
no children
10 March 1391
aged 53
10 March 1391 – 8 September 1395
after 1339
illegitimate son of Vladislav Kotromanić
Jelena Gruba
one daughter
8 September 1395
Kraljeva Sutjeska
Jelena Gruba
8 September 1395 – 1398
born to the House of Nikolić Stephen Dabiša
one daughter
after 1399
illegitimate son of Tvrtko I (1) Vitača
no children
(2) Kujava
one son
(3) Jelena Nelipčić
no children
after 23 March 1418
Stephen Ostojić
son of Stephen Ostoja and Kujava never married1421
Tvrtko II
1421 – November 1443
illegitimate son of Tvrtko I Dorothy Garai
no children
November 1443
anti-king 1432–1435
illegitimate son of Stephen Ostoja Catherine of Velika
three sons
June 1463
1443 – 10 July 1461
Stjepan tomas.jpg illegitimate son of Stephen Ostoja (1) Vojača
one son
(2) Katarina Kosača
two children
10 July 1461
Stephen Tomašević
10 July 1461 – 5 June 1463
Stjepan Tomasevic.jpg son of Stephen Thomas and Vojača Jelena Branković
1 April 1459
no children
5 June 1463

Pretenders and titular kings

Nicholas of Ilok "King of Bosnia" (1471–1477)appointed by the King of Hungary
Matthias of Bosnia (House of Kotromanić)"King of Bosnia" (1465–1471)son of Radivoj of Bosnia, appointed by the Sultan
Matija Vojsalić (House of Hrvatinić)"King of Ottoman Bosnia" (1472–1476)appointed by the Sultan, removed for conspiring against the Ottomans

See also

History of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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  1. Edgar Hösch, The Balkans: a short history from Greek times to the present day, Vol 1972, Part 2, pages 68 and 83. Google Books
  2. Vjekoslav Kljaic, Geschichte Bosniens von den ltesten Zeiten bis zum Verfalle des K nigreiches, p. 61 (in German)
  3. Fine's The Late Medieval Balkans, p. 17


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