Mihailo Anđelović

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Mihailo Anđelović
Born Mihailo Anđelović
Title Governor of Serbia
Religion Serbian Orthodox Christianity

Mihailo Anđelović (Serbian: Михаило Анђеловић, Greek: Μιχαήλ Ἄγγελος) was a 15th-century Serbian governor of Serbia briefly in 1458.

After the Ottoman conquest of Thessaly in 1394, the ruling Angeloi Philanthropenoi family took refuge in Serbia. A grandson of either Alexios or Manuel, Mihailo Anđelović, served as an official at the court of Đurađ and Lazar Branković.

Mihailo's brother Mahmud was captured in his infancy by Ottoman soldiers as part of the Devşirme system and was brought to Edirne, where he was converted to Islam and became a Janissary (Infantry unit of the Sultan). Mahmud later rose to the highest ranks of the Ottoman Empire, becoming beylerbey (governor-general) of Rumelia (Ottoman Balkans) in 1451 and Grand Vizier in 1455. Thus, in the negotiations between Serb despot Lazar Branković and Mehmed II in 1457, the two sides were represented by the brothers Mihailo and Mahmud Anđelović.

Because Lazar Branković had no sons, a three-member regency was formed after his death. It included Lazar's brother, the blind Stefan Branković, Lazar's widow Helena Palaiologina and Mihailo Anđelović, the 'governor of Rascia'. Mihailo hoped to rise as a Despot of Serbia but after having secretly let a company of Ottoman soldiers into Smederevo, he was imprisoned in March 1458 and Stefan became despot in his own right.

Later, Mihailo and Mahmud Anđelović's Byzantine-Serbian descent and their blood relations with many Eastern Orthodox Christians from the Balkans and Anatolia were important for the future establishment of Islamic rule there. The use of kuls of Christian origin in high positions of the Ottoman court minimized the risks that they had to face in conquering and assimilating large Christian territories and populations.

Government offices
Preceded by
Governor of Serbia
Succeeded by