Radič Crnojević

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Radič Crnojević
Rani grb Crnojevica.svg
Coat of arms
Died 25 April/25 May? 1396
Cause of death
Killed in battle
Ethnicity Serb
Title Lord
Predecessor Crnoje Đurašević
Successor Đurađ Crnojević
Aleksa (Lješ) Crnojević
Religion Serbian Orthodox Christianity
Spouse(s) Jelena
Children Đurađ
Aleksa (Lješ)
Parents Crnoje Đurašević
Upper and Lower Zeta

Radič Crnojević (? – 25 April[1]/25 May,[2] 1396) "Lord of the Zeta and Budva and the other parts of Serbia", was a Serbian lord of the Đurašević-Crnojević clan who maintained a domain in Upper Zeta.[3] Radič later expanded his domain to parts of Lower Zeta, including Grbalj, Paštrovići and Budva. Radič was a son of Crnoje Đurašević.

Radič had rebelled the rule of the Balšićs in Zeta.[3] Radič frequently jeopardized the City of Kotor, maintaining bad relations with them. Radič also had maintained close relations with the Republic of Ragusa and was granted Venetian citizenry on 30 November 1392[1]

The Zetan lord, Đurađ II, had problems that arose due to Zetan battles involving the Turks which Radič used to become independent of the Zetan lord. In late 1392, Đurađ II kidnapped the sanjak-bey of Skopje.[2] Radič, with the help of his brothers Stefan and Dobrivoje, used this event to take control of Budva, as well as Saint Michael's Metohija,[2] in 1392 from the Balšićs, thus becoming the Master of Budva. Radič ruled Budva till his death in 1396.

Radič also led an expedition in Lezhë, seizing it from the Dukagjini's, expelling them in the process. However, Radič's reign was very temporary as the Dukagjinis retook Lezhë in early 1393.


In late April 1396, Radič and his brother Dobrivoje had made a significant move against Lord Đurađ II (Balšić) of Zeta. They took the region of Grbalj and laid siege to Kotor. Unable to take the town, the council of Kotor agreed to pay him tribute.[4]

Đurađ became disliked by the Orthodox Christian commonfolk by these events. The excessively Orthodox religious Crnojevićs' takeover was looked upon nicely by the people, resulting in Paštrović's cross to Radič's side.

On 25 April or 25 May 1396, the duo moved to battle Đurađ himself. This was a grave mistake as Đurađ's forces completely defeated the Crnojevićs and killed Radič, managing to get a hold over a part of the Crnojević domain.

Duke Sandalj Hranić of the Herzegovinian Kosačas took the opportunity to conquer Budva after Radič's death,[3] as well as marrying his widow, Jelena.[5]


Radič was married to a woman named Jelena, who later gave birth to the following children: