Lazarević dynasty

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Coat of Arms
Parent houseNemanjić dynasty
FounderLazar Hrebeljanović
Final rulerStefan Lazarević
TitlesPrince, Despot
Estate(s)of Serbia
Duke (or Tsar) Lazar Hrebeljanović

The Lazarević (Serbian Cyrillic: Лазаревић, pl. Lazarevići / Лазаревићи, pronounced [lazǎːrɛv̞itɕ]) was a Serbian medieval royal family, which ruled Moravian Serbia and the Serbian Despotate.

The dynasty began with Lazar Hrebeljanović, son of Pribac Hrebeljanović-a noble at the court of Dušan the Mighty. Lazar married Milica, supposedly a member of the reigning Nemanjić dynasty, and was later given the title "Knez" by Serbian Emperor Uroš the Weak. He gained lands in Central Serbia and through his ties with the Nemanjićs he became the regent of Moravian Serbia. In the Battle of Kosovo against the Ottoman Empire, Lazar was killed and Serbia became a vassal state, leading to the end of Serbian sovereignty.


Rulers of Moravian Serbia from 1371 to 1427.

Family tree[edit]

Tsar Lazar and his family, 1860.

Lazar married Princess Milica Nemanjic in around 1353 and had at least seven children:


  1. ^ Mrđenović (1987), p.108


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