Vlatko Vuković Kosača (died 1392) was a 14th-century Bosnian
nobleman, duke of duchy of Hum,
Grand Duke of Bosnia (Bosnian: Veliki
Vojvoda Bosanski) and one of the best military commanders of King
He was a son of Duke Vuk Kosača, the founder of the Kosača noble
family[dubious – discuss]. He governed the duchy of Hum, which was
part of the
Banate of Bosnia
Banate of Bosnia and later Kingdom of Bosnia. The Ottoman
threat was building to the east, threatening neighboring Herzegovina.
On 27 August 1388, Grand Duke Vlatko defeated an Ottoman raiding party
(some 18,000 strong) that had invaded Hum in the Battle of Bileća.
Bosnian heavy cavalry are typically credited with winning the battle
as they broke the Ottoman ranks and pursued the retreating enemy. It
has been cited that famous Ottoman commander Lala Sahin Pasha
(Turkish: Lala Şahin Paşa, 1330 – cca 1382) barely managed to save
himself with the small band of his soldiers. 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
Battle of Kosovo against the Ottomans. Vuković
was one of few commanders who survived the battle. Although the battle
is viewed now as a decisive defeat 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
Radič Sanković to Dubrovnik, He and Pavle Radenović
Konavli and divided it between themselves. Vlatko later
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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Vlatko Vuković's grave location in Panoramio
Šefik Bešlagić, Stećci - kataloško-topografski pregled
Hrvoje Vukčić Hrvatinić
Grand Duke of Bosnia
Sandalj Hranić Kosača
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