Tepčija

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Tepčija Gradislav and his wife, Treskavac Monastery.

Tepčija (Serbian Cyrillic: тепчија) was a court title of Serbia and Bosnia in the Middle Ages. The functions and position in the court is unclear.[1][2] It was first mentioned in Serbia in the first half of the 13th century.[1] The title-holder took care of the ruler's country estates.[3] There were two or three[4] types of title-holders, the velike tepčije (great), tepčije and male tepčije (small).[5] The great ones took care of the royal estates.[6] The tepčija had a similar office to that of the kaznac.[6] The tepčija had executive authorities; his otroci (sing. otrok), servants, were lesser in rank but not slaves.[7]

The Serbian court hierarchy at the time of king Stefan Milutin (r. 1282–1321) was as follows: stavilac, čelnik, kaznac, tepčija and vojvoda, the supreme title.[8] In the Dečani chrysobulls of king Stefan Dečanski (r. 1321–31), the court dignitaries present at the Dečani assembly were the kaznac, tepčija, vojvoda, sluga and stavilac.[9]

List[edit]

Serbia
Bosnia
  • Radonja (fl. 1240), served Matej Ninoslav
  • Vučin
  • Rados(l)av (fl. 1326–29), served Dabiša.
  • Milat (fl. 1359), served Tvrtko in Hum.
  • Batalo (fl. 1391–1404), lord of the župa (county) of Lašva
  • Sladoje

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dragoslav Janković; Vinodol (1961). Istorija države i prava feudalne Srbije, XII-XV vek. Naućna knjiga. p. 55. [better source needed]
  2. ^ Šarkić 1996, p. 65.
  3. ^ Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti (2007). Glas. p. 23. 
  4. ^ Istorijski glasnik: organ Društva istoričara SR Srbije. Društvo. 1976. 
  5. ^ Mandić 1986, pp. 52–72.
  6. ^ a b Ćirković & Mihaljčić 1999, p. 733.
  7. ^ Историски гласник: орган Историского друштва НР Србије. Научна књига. 1975. p. 25. 
  8. ^ Blagojević 2001, p. 211.
  9. ^ Šarkić 1996, p. 66.
  10. ^ Blagojević 2001, p. 25.
  11. ^ Blagojević 2001, p. 28.
  12. ^ a b c Blagojević 2001, p. 26.
  13. ^ a b Blagojević 2001, p. 27.
  14. ^ Blagojević 2001, p. 33.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Blagojević, M. (1976). "Тепчије у средњовековној Србији, Босни и Хрватској". Istorijski glasnik. 1–2: 7–47.