Novica Cerović

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Novica Cerović
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Novica Cerović
Born 1805
Died 1895 (aged 89–90)
Nationality Montenegrin

Novica Cerović (Serbian Cyrillic: Новица Цepoвић; 1805-1895) was a Montenegrin [1]vojvoda (duke) of the Drobnjak clan, who is noted as having defeated and killed a local Ottoman tyrant, Smail-aga Čengić, on the auspices of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, the Prince-Bishop of Montenegro. He later became senator in the Montenegrin government.


Cerović was born in Tušina, a village near Šavnik in the Drobnjaci, then part of the Ottoman Empire (today in Montenegro). His most noted act was leading a successful assault to kill local Muslim tyrant Smail-aga Čengić under the auspices of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš[2] thereby freeing parts of Herzegovina from the Ottoman Empire and joining them to the Principality of Montenegro.


His heroism and the death of Smail-aga Čengić was the theme of Ivan Mažuranić's poem Smrt Smail-age Čengića, an epic poem celebrating the struggle for freedom.

Some of the Cerović family later moved to Serbia, some going north, near to the city of Pljevlja and changed their family name to "Lalović" to disguise from Turks, migrated to Konjic, Hercegovina, more so the village of Brdjani, and changed their last name to Zelenovic to also protect from the Turks.[citation needed] Those who moved to east Bosnia changed their last name to Droca.[citation needed]

There is a tower in Tušina named after him (the Tower of Duke Novica Cerović).

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  1. ^ Istorijski institut Crne Gore, Višetomna istorija Crne Gore, knjiga 3, str. 194
  2. ^ Zulfikarpašić, Adil (1998). The Bosniak. Milovan Djilas. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 7. ISBN 1-85065-339-9. 

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