|Despot of Serbia|
After the death of despot Jovan Branković (1502), Vladislaus II of Hungary made Ivaniš Berislavić the interim despot of Serbia. With no male successor to the Branković dynasty, the position was given to the Berislavić family which had already been intertwined with the Branković dynasty with the marriage of Ivan's cousin Franjo Berislavić and Barbara Frankopan, who had been the widow of Vuk Branković II. In addition, their estates shared borders, and despot Đorđe Branković as well as Jovan had been supporters of Mathias Corvinus just like the Berislavićs.
Nevertheless, the decision was apparently not welcomed in Serbia, where the local chroniclers would not mention Ivaniš Berislavić by name, likely because they had expected the privilege to pass to the Serbian House of Jakšić, who were also in service of the Hungarian king.
The official act of making Ivaniš the despot was confirmed by January 1504 in Buda, when his marriage with Jovan's widow Jelena (née Jakšić) was arranged, and he received the title of despot of Serbia. The marriage itself was postponed until May 1504 because of Jelena's illness.
The defence of the southern border of the Kingdom of Hungary was handled by Berislavić as despot, with support of Stevan, Marko and Petar Jakšić, Stjepan Bradač, and the armed forces of Belgrade and Šabac.
His son, Stefan, had the title of "Serbian Despot" until his defeat in battle against the Ottomans in 1535.
He took an oath to secure the southern borders of Hungary and being loyal to his people. He also had a seat at Brod on the Sava, from where he viewed his cities in Srem and Slavonia, including Jajce Banovina.
Because his duties involved a significant effort as well as financial cost, he repeatedly asked the Hungarian King to remove him from service as Ban of Jajce in 1513, and the King complied on May 25. This was the last mention of him alive, and he is assumed to have died in 1514, because his wife despot Jelena is mentioned as the Lord of the Despot's military forces.
Title last held byJovan Branković
|Despot of the Kingdom of Serbia
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