Michael Krešimir II of Croatia
|Michael Krešimir II|
|King of Croatia|
|Predecessor||Miroslav of Croatia|
|Burial||Church of St. Mary, Solin|
|Spouse||Jelena of Zadar|
|House||House of Trpimirović|
|Father||Krešimir I of Croatia|
Michael Krešimir II (Croatian: Mihajlo Krešimir, Latin: Michael Cresimirus) (died 969) was King of Croatia from 949 to his death in 969. He was a member of the House of Trpimir. Krešimir II was a son of Krešimir I and the younger brother of Miroslav, who preceded him as King of Croatia in 945.
Krešimir was brought to the throne by the powerful ban Pribina, who rebelled against the former king Miroslav for having his jurisdiction restrained from some areas. The civil war eventually ended with Miroslav's death in 949 and the reign of Mihajlo began.
The Croatian kingdom reached its former glory during Michael's reign. He ravaged the Bosnian župa's Uskoplje, Luka and Pleva, and eventually conquered the whole region of Bosnia that was originally lost during the reign of Miroslav. The Bosnian ban fled to Hungary, after realizing he couldn't fight back and, by 968, Michael pacified the local tribes, establishing full control.
Mihajlo and his wife Jelena of Zadar had good relations with the Dalmatian cities. Jelena built the royal family mausoleum in Solin where, at the end of the 19th century, an inscription of her grave was found and translated, bearing her title Queen. She outlived Michael for 7 years.
Mihajlo ruled until his death, and his son Stjepan Držislav succeeded him.
- Rudolf Horvat, Povijest Hrvatske I., Zagreb, 1924.
- Michael Krešimir II in the book "Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages 500-1250" by Florin Curta, Cambridge University Press
- Michael Krešimir II and his wife Jelena neé Madi ruled the Croatian Kingdom
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