|Known for||Mother of Skanderbeg|
|Children||9 children, see Family|
|Parent(s)||A nobleman, possibly of the Branković family|
Voisava, also known as Voisava Tripalda[A] (fl. 1402 – 1405) was a noble woman, possibly a daughter of a lord from Polog (in modern Republic of Macedonia). Through her marriage with Gjon Kastrioti, she had nine children, one of whom was the most powerful Albanian nobleman in history, proclaimed national hero George Kastrioti "Skanderbeg".
The first works providing information on Voisava's origins are:
- Marin Barleti (1450–1513), the Albanian-Venetian historian, wrote in his biography of Skanderbeg (published between 1508-1510), that she was the "daughter of a lord of the Triballians". In another chapter, when talking about the inhabitants of Upper Debar that defended Svetigrad, he calls them "Bulgarians or Triballi". However, the term "Triballians" (Triballoi) appears frequently in Byzantine and other European works of the Middle Ages, referring exclusively to Serbs.
- Gjon Muzaka (fl. 1510), an Albanian nobleman of the Muzaka family, alleged in his Muzaka Chronicle (published in 1510) that the "Marquis of Tripalda" was maternally related to the Muzaka.[clarification needed] Furthermore, in another chapter, he assigns the "Triballi" to the Serbs.
- Johann Georg von Hahn (1811–1869), an Austrian expert in Albanian studies, had several theses on the geneaology of Voisava in Albanesische Studien (1854), including a possible relation with the Branai family or Vrana Konti.
- Karl Hopf (1832–1873), a German historian and expert in Byzantine studies, in Chroniques Greco-romanes (1873) concluded that Voisava was daughter of a Serbian lord from Polog.
- Fan S. Noli (1882–1965), an Albanian-American writer, in his biography of Skanderbeg (1947), adopted the view that Vojsava came from the Muzaka family. British Harry Hodgkinson, too, considered her a member of the Muzaka family, although he had done no archival research. Hodgkinson supported the Albanian cause, and was strongly anti-Serb.
- Strashimir Dimitrov (1892–1960), a Bulgarian historian, said that Vojsava was a daughter of a local Bulgarian lord (boyar) from Macedonia.
- Boban Petrovski (b. 1972), a modern Macedonian historian and author of Voisava Tribalda (2006), the only work about Voisava and her possible geneaologies, concluded that Voisava was of undoubtedly Slavic origin, most likely Serb, as she was the daughter of a lord of the "Triballians" (Serbs) in Polog, that had ruled before the Ottoman conquest. He had several theses on the ultimate identity of Voisava's father: "If the Branković family indeed governed Polog in the last decade of the 14th century, it arises the chance that Voisava was a daughter of Grgur Branković or even Vuk Branković."
- Oliver Schmitt (b. 1973), a professor of South-East European history at Vienna University, in his biography Skanderbeg: Der neue Alexander auf dem Balkan (2009) supported that she was a Serbian noblewoman of the Branković family and a close relative to Mara Branković.
Voisava married Gjon Kastrioti, the "Lord of a part of Albania" (dominus partium Albanie). She bore 9 children with Gjon, 4 sons and 5 daughters:
- Stanisha (†1445),
- Reposh, later took monastic vows
- Mara, married to Stefan I Crnojević
- George - Skanderbeg (1405–1468), Albanian national hero; Ottoman subaşi of Krujë, sanjakbey of Dibra, later organizer of the League of Lezhe, and Napolitan vassal as of 1451
- Jelena, married Pavle Balšić
- Mamica Kastrioti, married Musachio Thopia in 1445
- Angelina, married Vladin Arianites, brother of Gjergj Arianiti
- Vlajka, married Ghin Musachi, secondly Stefan Strez Balšić with whom she possibly had sons Ivan Strez Balšić and Gojko Balšić
- ^ Name: Barleti gives her name as simply "Voisava", without any surname. According to Muzaka her name was "Voisava Tripalda". According to Potter, and Hahn, the surname added by Muzaka is a corruption or derivative from Barleti's quote on the Triballi. Her name is also rendered Vojsava. The name "Voisava" is Slavic, derived from Vojislava.
- ^ Religion: The religion of Gjon Kastrioti, Voisava's husband, was directly influenced by the international balance of political powers. When he was an ally of Venice, in period 1407—1410, he was Roman Catholic. After he allied himself with Stefan Lazarević, despot of Serbian Despotate in period 1419—1426, he converted to Orthodoxy, and in 1431 he was converted to Islam due to his vassalage to the Ottoman Empire.
- Barletius, l. I, fo 2: «uxori Voisavae nomen erat non indignam eo viro tum pater nobilissimus Triballorum princeps, tum forma...»
- Gegaj 1937, p. 40
- Barletius, l. V, fo. 62: "Superior Dibra montuosa est et aspera, ferax tarnen et Macedoniam tum ipsa loci vicinitate, tum similitudine morum contingens. Bulgari sive Tribali habitant"
- The Journal of Hellenic studies Page 48: "Byzantine historians [...] calling [...] Serbs Triballians"
- Stuck 1577, p. 51
- Foxe 1837, p. 27
- Musachi, p. 301: "Accio sappiate, in che modo c'era parente il Signor marchese della Tripalda, ve dico, che l'e per parte de donna... (Know that the Marquis of Tripalda is related to us by a female line);
- Muzachi, p. 313: "...Tribali overo Misii ch' hoggi se nominato Serviani."
- Hahn, p. 309, elaborating on possible relation of Voisava with the Branai family or Vrana Konti.
- K. Hopf, Castrioti family tree, p. 533: "fille du seigneur (Serbe) de Polog”
- Noli 1947, p. 189, note 33.
- Babinger 1992, p. 53
- Hodgkinson, p. 240
- Schmitt 2009, p. 8: "Gelandekundige, wie etwa ein britischer Geheimdienstoffizier des Zweiten Weltkriegs (H.Hodgkinson), wiederum, hatten keine Archivarbeit betrieben"
- James Pettifer (2008). "Obituary: Harry Hodgkinson". London, United Kingdom: The Independent. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
- Димитров, Страшимир: Георги Кастриоти-Скендербег и неговата освободителна борба, В: Г. Кастриоти Скендербег 1468-1968 г. София, сп. “Балкани”, БАН, No2, 1970, стр. 11.
- Petrovski, pp. 2, 3, 10
- Petrovski, "Доколку ја прифатиме оваа варијанта, според која Бранковиките биле господари на/во Полог до почетког на последната деценија од XIV век, во тој случај произлегува дека Воисава била керка на Гргур или пак, можеби на Вук Бранковик."
- Schmitt (2009), pp. 44, 45.; "Skanderbegs Mutter Vojsava war eine Serbin aus der einflussreichen Familie Brankovic."
- Nicol 1997,  p. 96
- Noli 1947, p. 64: "Vlajka me Stefan Stres Balshën"
- Gopčević 1914, p. 460: "Bezüglich der Strez herrscht Verwirrung. Hopf macht Ivo und Gojko BalSid zu Söhnen des Stefan Strez, welcher Vlajka Kastriota geheiratet hätte und Sohn des Gjuragj Balšić gewesen wäre, eines Bastards des Gjuragj I."
- Hopf 1873, p. 301, quoting Muzaka: "Muzachi "E la madre de detto Signor Scanderbeg, moglie del detto Signor Giovanni, hebbe nome Signora Voisava Tripalda e venne da bonna parte"
- JSTOR: The English Historical Review, Vol. 53, No. 209 (Jan., 1938), pp. 129-131
- J.G. von Hahn, Reise durch die Gebiet des Drin und Wardar, p. 305: "Skanderbeg's Mutter wird von dem Despoten einmal Visava Tribalda (*), ein andersmal Voisava Tripalda genannt, ...". (*)(Footnote 3) "Dieser Name mag vielleicth Anlass zu der sonderbaren Angabe des Barletius S. 4 gegeben haben, dass ihr Vater nobilissimus Tribalorum princeps gewesen sei." ("Tribalda" or "Tripalda" is a corruption or derivative from Barleti's quotation on Triballi)
- Denkschriften Vol. 16, 1869, p. 117
- Gegaj 1937, p. 36: "Le nom Voisava est certes d'origine slave, mais on ne peut en conclure, comme le fait JORGA, Brève histoire"
- Jireček, Geschichle der Bulgaren, t. II, p. 368: "affirme aussi l'origine slave des Castriota"
- Šimundić 1988, p. 370
- Egro 2010, p. 20: "Gjon Kastrioti...was a Roman Catholic from 1407-1410, as an ally of Venice...he converted to Orthodoxy from 1419-1426, accepting the alliance of Stephen Lazarevic of Serbia."
- Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien (1869), Denkschriften, Vol 16 (in German) (University of Michigan ed.), Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse
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