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Vlatko Vuković
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 Tvrtko I. Biography[edit] 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.[1] 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 Konavli
Konavli
by Radič Sanković
Radič Sanković
to Dubrovnik, He and Pavle Radenović later captured Konavli
Konavli
and divided it between themselves. Vlatko later died.[2] He died in 1392. His nephew Sandalj Hranić
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") References[edit]

^ V. Corovic, "Istorija Srbije" p.325, "History of Serbia ^ The Late Medieval Balkans, page 456

Sources[edit]

Dinić, Mihailo (1940). Земље Херцега Светога Саве. Glas SKA. 182. Belgrade: SKA. pp. 149–257.  Fine, John Van Antwerp Jr. (1991) [1983]. The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-08149-3.  Radosavljević, Nedeljko (2012). "Where Did Vlatko Vuković's Army Take Communion? (Historical Roots of a Legend)". In Karanović, Zoja. Belief narrative genres = Жанрови предања = Жанры преданий. Novi Sad: Filozofski fakultet. pp. 173–178. 

External links[edit]

Vlatko Vuković's grave location in Panoramio Šefik Bešlagić, Stećci - kataloško-topografski pregled

Military offices

Preceded by Hrvoje Vukčić Hrvatinić Grand Duke of Bosnia 1388-1392 Succeeded by Sandalj Hranić
Sandalj Hranić
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