Mladen III Šubić
|Mladen III Šubić|
Gravestone in the Trogir Cathedral.
|Reign||1315 - 1348|
Dalmatia (modern Croatia)
Mladen III Šubić (Croatian: Mladen III. Šubić) (c. 1315 – Trogir, 1 May 1348) was a member of the Croatian Šubić noble family, who ruled from Klis Fortress. He was in possession of Klis, Omiš and Skradin.
Mladen III Šubić was (probably oldest) son of Juraj II Šubić and grandson of Pavao I Šubić Bribirski, who was the most powerful Croatian noble at the end of the thirteenth century and beginning of the fourteenth century.
Mladen III Šubić had two children.
- Mladen IV Šubić
- Katharina Šubić of Croatia (? –1358) who married Duke of Legnica-Brzeg Bolesław III the Generous in 1326.
Mladen III ruled from Klis Fortress from 1330–1348, and was named ("shield of the Croats") by the people. He was the famous Šubić from Klis, where he married his sister Jelena Šubić (died c. 1378) to Regent of Bosnia Vladislav Kotromanić. Jelena Šubić gave birth to the first Bosnian king, Tvrtko I. Regardless of the diplomatic and dynastic success, Mladen could not save Šubić family from its fall, because he was almost only one left to defend it. Before the death he married Serbian Jelena, half-sister of the Serbian ruler Dušan, but even this relationship couldn't help Šubić's family.
Dux Mladen III Šubić died in 1348, from the plague, and is buried in the Cathedral of St. Lawrence in Trogir.
After Mladen's death, a great political and military struggle for control over Klis Fortress arose.
- Catherine Dandolo the wife of Pavao III Šubić wanted the fortress for Venetians
- Jelena Šubić (Nemanjić) (his wife-widow) wanted the fortress for her half-brother Dušan of Serbia
- Jelena Šubić (his sister) wanted the fortress for her son Tvrtko I of Bosnia.