Stephen, Duke of Bosnia

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Duke of Bosnia (кнез)[1]
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Realm of King Bodin (1080 AD)
Duke of Bosnia
Reign fl. 1082-1101
Dynasty Vojislavljević

Stephen (Bosnian: Stjepan, Стјепан; Serbian: Stefan/Стефан), was the first known office-holder of the region of Bosnia, he was appointed governor by Constantine Bodin (r. 1081–1101), his kinsman, sometime between 1082-5.[2][1] Bosnia spanned the upper course of Bosna, the Vrbas and the Neretva at the time.[citation needed]

King Constantine had after the Slav Uprising in Pomoravlje, turned to put the rest of the Slav territories under his united rule. He appointed Stephen to Bosnia,[2] while Vukan held Rascia.[3]

Bosnia, Zahumlje and Rascia never were incorporated into an integrated state with Duklja. Each principality had its own nobility and institutions, simply requiring a member of the royal family to rule as Prince or Duke.[4] After Constantine died, the regions seceded from Duklja, and Grand Prince Vukan became the most powerful of the Serb royalty.[3]


  1. ^ a b Vjekoslav Kljaic (1885). Geschichte Bosniens von den ltesten Zeiten bis zum Verfalle des Koenigreiches (in German). p. 61. "Deinde caepit Bosnam posuitque ibi Stephanum knezium. Presbyteri Diocleatis regn. Slav., Lucius p. 300. — Rački, Borba južnih Slovjena za državnu neodvisnost u XI. vieku. Rad jugoslav. akad. XXX. pag. 93." 
  2. ^ a b Edgar Hösch, The Balkans: a short history from Greek times to the present day, Vol 1972, Part 2, pages 68 and 83. Google Books
  3. ^ a b Fine 1991, p. 224
  4. ^ Fine 1991, p. 223


  • Fine, John Van Antwerp (1991). The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-08149-7. 

Stephen, Duke of Bosnia
Regnal titles
New title
First known
Duke of Bosnia
under Constantine Bodin

fl. 1081-1101
Title next held by
Ladislaus of Hungary