List of rulers of Croatia
- 1 History
- 2 Dukes of Croatia
- 3 Kings of Croatia
- 4 After 1102
- 5 Kings of Yugoslavia
- 6 Independent State of Croatia
- 7 Post-monarchy
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The details of the arrival of the Croats are scarcely documented: c.626, Croats migrate from White Croatia (around what is now Galicia) at the invitation of Eastern Roman Emperor Heraclius. Between c. 641 and c. 689 Radoslav converts Croatia to Christianity.
Dukes of Croatia
Dukes of the Pannonian Croatia
|Ljudevit Posavski||c. 810||823|
Dukes of the Dalmatian Croatia
|Porga or Borko||c. 660||c. 680|
|Borna||c. 810||821||Vassal of Frankish Emperor Charlemagne; son of Višeslav|
|Vladislav||February 821||c. 835||son of Klonimir|
|Mislav||c. 835||c. 845|
|Trpimir I||c. 845||864||Founder of the Trpimirović dynasty|
|Zdeslav||864||864||son of Trpimir I|
|Iljko (?)||876||878||Iljko's name is disputed, an unnamed son of Domagoj succeeded to the throne, later killed during a civil war|
|Zdeslav||878||May 879||restored, overthrows unnamed son of Domagoj|
|Branimir||May 879||c. 892||killed Zdeslav in May 879|
|Muncimir||892||910||son of Trpimir|
Kings of Croatia
|Tomislav||925||928||Probably son of Muncimir. After his death civil wars weakened the state and some territory, including Bosnia, was lost. His rank of "king" (rex) is based on two contemporary documents; a correspondence dated 925 where the Pope John X addresses him with that title and the transcript from the Synod conclusions in Split where he is also referred to as "rex". He was also addressed as "Princeps" ("Prince") and Duke (Dux) on other occasions. Nevertheless, in Croatia he is traditionally considered the first Croatian king.|
|Trpimir II||928||935||Younger brother or son of Tomislav|
|935||945||Son of Trpimir II|
|Miroslav||945||949||Son of Krešimir I|
|Michael Krešimir II
(Mihovil Krešimir II)
|949||969||Younger brother of Miroslav. Michael Krešimir II ruled jointly with his wife Queen Helen I. Upon the King's death in 969 their son Stephen Držislav immediately took the throne alone, while the Queen Helen I died seven years later on 8 October 976. During their reign, the Croatian Kingdom regained previously lost territories, including Bosnia.|
|969||997||Son of Michael Krešimir II. Queen Jelena of Zadar ruled as a regent for Stephen Držislav 969 - 8 November 975. He received royal insigia as an act of recognition from the Byzantine Emperor and was crowned by the Archbishop of Split in Biograd in 988. Thomas the Archdeacon's Historia Salonitana names him as the first King of Croatia (rex), regardless, he is considered the first crowned Croatian King.|
|Svetoslav Suronja||997||1000||Son of Stephen Držislav. Detroned by his brothers Krešimir III and Gojslav|
|1000||1020||Younger brothers of Svetoslav Suronja|
|1020||1030||Younger brother of Svetoslav Suronja|
|1030||1058||Son of Krešimir III|
|Peter Krešimir IV the Great
(Petar Krešimir IV Veliki)
|1058||1074||Son of Stephen I. During his reign the Croatian Kingdom reached its peak.|
|1075||1089||Cousin of Peter Krešimir IV. C. 1063 marries Princess Helen, daughter of King Bela I of Hungary.|
|1089||December 1090||Son of Častimir, who was younger brother of King Peter Krešimir IV.|
|1090||1091||Widow of King Demetrius Zvonimir and daughter of King Bela I of Hungary|
|Ladislaus I of Hungary
(Ladislav I. Arpadović)
|1091||1092||Son of Hungarian king Béla I and brother of Croatian Queen Jelena Lijepa|
|1091||1093||Nephew of Ladislaus, rules as his proxy.|
|Petar Svačić||1093||1097||Elected by Croatian nobles. Struggles with Hungary for control of Croatia. From 1097 onwards, the Kings of Hungary were also Kings of Croatia, because of the political union of the two crowns.|
From 1102, the reigning King of Hungary is ruler of Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia and Dalmatia in agreement with the Croatian nobles. Croatia is governed on his behalf by a Ban (viceroy) and a Sabor.
|1102||3 February 1116||Battle of Gvozd Mountain (modern Petrova Gora). Coloman, supported by Pannonian Croats, defeats an army of Croatian and Dalmatian nobles allied to Petar. Recognized as King of Croatia by a council (Sabor) of Croatian nobles.|
|3 February 1116||3 April 1131||Son of Coloman|
|Béla II the Blind
(Bela II. Slijepi)
|3 April 1131||13 February 1141||grandson of Géza I, son of Álmos, Coloman's younger brother|
|13 February 1141||31 May 1162||son of Béla II|
|31 May 1162||4 March 1172||son of Géza II|
|31 May 1162||14 January 1163||rebel anti-king, younger brother of Géza II.|
|14 January 1163||June 1163||rebel anti-king, younger brother of Géza II.|
|Béla III||4 March 1172||13 April 1196||younger brother of Stephen III.|
|13 April 1196||30 November 1204||son of Béla III.|
|30 November 1204||7 May 1205||son of Emerik, crowned and died as a child|
|7 May 1205||21 September 1235||brother of Emerik, in 1222 issued Golden Bull which established the rights of noblemen, including the right to disobey the King when he acted contrary to law (jus resistendi).|
|Béla IV||21 September 1235||3 May 1270||son of Andrew II, ruled during First Mongol invasion (1241–42), in 1242 issued Golden Bull and proclaimed Zagreb and Samobor a Free Royal Borough (free and royal city)|
|3 May 1270||6 August 1272||son of Béla IV.|
|Ladislaus IV the Cuman
(Ladislav IV. Kumanac)
|6 August 1272||10 July 1290||son of Steven V.; unsuccessful Mongol invasion; lived with the nomad Cuman tribes|
(Andrija III. Mlečanin)
|4 August 1290||14 January 1301||grandson of Andrew II, born in Venice; last of the Árpád dynasty|
|Charles Martel of Anjou
|1290||1295||set up by Pope Nicholas IV and the ecclesiastical party as successor of his maternal uncle, the childless Ladislaus IV. Crowned as the King of Croatia but not as King of Hungary|
(Karlo I. Robert)
|14 January 1301||16 July 1342||son of Charles Martel, established the royal Angevin dynasty.|
|Louis I the Great
(Ludovik I. Veliki)
|16 July 1342||11 September 1382||also became King of Poland (1370)|
|11 September 1382||17 May 1395||married Sigismund of Luxemburg|
(Karlo II. Drački)
|31 December 1385||24 February 1386||also King of Naples, in opposition to Mary. Assassinated on 7 February 1386 an died on 24 February|
|31 March 1387||9 December 1437||later also Roman-German King (since 1410), King of Bohemia (since 1419), Holy Roman Emperor (since 1433)|
|Ladislaus of Naples
|5 August 1403||1409||Son of Charles II. Claimed the Crown of Hungary and Croatia and opposed by King Sigismund of Luxemburg. Ladislas eventually sold his rights to the Venetian Republic for 100,000 ducats in 1409.|
|Albert I||1 January 1438||27 October 1439||son-in-law of Sigismund, also Roman-German King, King of Bohemia, Duke of Austria|
(Vladislav I. Jagelović)
|15 May 1440||10 November 1444||also King of Poland|
|Ladislaus V the Posthumus
(Ladislav V. Posmrtni)
|10 November 1444||23 November 1457||born in 1440 after his father's death, spent most of his life in captivity.|
|Matthias I Corvinus
|24 January 1458||6 April 1490||son of John Hunyadi, also King of Bohemia|
(Vladislav II. Jagelović)
|15 July 1490||13 May 1516||also King of Bohemia|
|13 May 1516||29 August 1526||also King of Bohemia; killed in the Battle of Mohács|
Kingship disputed between Ferdinand of Austria and John Zápolya during the Ottoman invasion
|10 November 1526||22 July 1540||Also claimed the throne, with support of Hungarian nobles and later Suleiman the Magnificent.|
|Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
|16 December 1526||25 July 1564||claimed the throne according the agreement between the House of Jagiellon and the House of Habsburg|
|8 September 1563||12 October 1576||ruled during Battle of Szigetvár and Croatian peasant revolt|
|Rudolf I||25 September 1572||26 June 1608||ruled during Battle of Sisak, abdicated in favor of his younger brother Matthias|
|26 June 1608||20 March 1619||brother of Rudolf II|
|Ferdinand II||1 July 1618||15 February 1637||In 1630 issued Statuta Valachorum in opposition to Croatian Parliament|
|Ferdinand III||8 December 1625||2 April 1657|
|Leopold I||27 June 1657||5 May 1705||Crushed Zrinski–Frankopan Conspiracy and abolished the right of Croatian Parliament to elect king. In 1669 founded University of Zagreb|
|5 May 1705||17 April 1711|
|11 April 1711||20 October 1740||On 9 March 1712 Croatian Parliament voted its Pragmatic Sanction in which the Kingdom of Croatia accepted female inheritance of its crown after extinction of the male line and supporting her to become Queen of Croatia|
|Maria II Theresa
|20 October 1740||29 November 1780||Division of Croatia on županije (counties) and in 1767 forms Croatian Royal Council (Consilium Regium) until 1779 when she abolishes it. Queen conducts military and economy reforms and especially serfdom.|
|29 November 1780||20 February 1790||Abolished serfdom. Partial germanization of Croatian lands.|
|Leopold II||20 February 1790||1 March 1792|
|1 March 1792||2 March 1835|
|Ferdinand V||28 September 1830||2 December 1848||Being epileptic and mentally ill, abdicated in favour of his nephew, Franz Joseph (son of his younger brother Franz Karl). Died in 1875.|
(Franjo Josip I.)
|2 December 1848||21 November 1916||Longest ruling Croatian monarch, during which reign Croatia was unified in 1848. During the reorganization of the monarchy in 1867 into a dual Austrian and Hungarian part, Croatia was divided. In 1868 the Triune kingdom of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia was a autonomous kingdom in the union with Hungary.|
|21 November 1916||16 November 1918||In his coronation oath to the Croatian parliament he acknowledged the unity of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia with Rijeka. During the last days of the monarchy he accepted the trialist manifest on creating the Zvonimir's kingdom. He reigned until 1918, when he "renounced participation" in state affairs, but did not abdicate. The Croatian Sabor (parliament) ended the union of Croatia with Hungary and Austria on 29th October 1918 but never dethroned king Karl IV. He spent the remaining years of his life attempting to restore the monarchy until his death in 1922.|
Kings of Yugoslavia
After the World War I and the breakup off of Austria-Hungary, Croatia joined a newly formed State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs. Following a brief period of self-rule, that state became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes under the Karađorđević dynasty. The name of the kingdom was changed in 1929 amid unitarianist reforms to "King of Yugoslavia". During this period, in 1941 Croatia was occupied by the Axis powers along with the rest of Yugoslavia.
Independent State of Croatia
During the German occupation of Yugoslavia, a puppet-state under Italian protection called the Independent State of Croatia was created with its leader Ante Pavelić. Soon after the creation of the state it's government passed three laws on the creation of the crown of Zvonimir, which made the country a kingdom.  Three days later the Rome treaties where signed. Italian prince Aimone, Duke of Spoleto was designated King of Croatia. He abdicated in 1943.
|Tomislav II||18 May 1941||31 July 1943||Tomislav II established a Croatian royal office (kraljevski stol) in Florence and later in Rome. Later however he refused to assume the kingship in opposition to the Italian annexation of the Dalmatia region, and is therefore referred to in some sources as king designate. He abdicated on 31 July 1943 after the dismissal of Musolini on the orders of Victor-Emanuel III.
- List of rulers of Hungary for a list of monarchs between 1526 and 1918—mostly accurate for the Croatian lands
- Croatian Parliament
- Ban of Croatia
- History of Croatia
- Timeline of Croatian history
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- Thomas the Archdeacon: Historia Salonitana, caput 13.
- Catholic Encyclopedia
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- Same page 132.-133.
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"Devoid of political experience and ignorant of the Italian government's exact intentions, he [the Duke Aimone] refused to leave for Croatia, saying so in letters to Victor Emmanuel and Mussolini, in which he told them that the question of Dalmatia, 'a land that could never be Italianized', was an obstacle against any reconciliation with the Croats. Never, he declared, would he agree to be a king of a nation amputated from Italy." .
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- Balkan royalty
- "Duke gives up puppet throne". St. Petersburg Times. 21 August 1943. p. 10.
- Lemkin, Raphael; Power, Samantha (2005). Axis Rule In Occupied Europe: Laws Of Occupation, Analysis Of Government, Proposals For Redress. Lawbook Exchange. p. 253. ISBN 1584775769.
- "Foreign News: Hotel Balkania". Time Magazine. 9 August 1943. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
- B. Krizman, NDH između Hitlera i Mussolinija (Independent State of Croatia between Hitler and Mussolini,)p.102