Vuk Kosača

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Vuk Kosača
Titles and styles
Family Kosača
Father Unnamed knez from Rudine
Born 1317
Kingdom of Serbia
Died 1359 (ca. 42)
Rudine, Serbian Empire
Religion Christianity

Vuk (Serbian Cyrillic: Вук; 1317–1359) was a Serbian vojvoda (general) that served Emperor Stefan Dušan (r. 1331–55). Vuk was the progenitor of the Kosača family, later influential in the Kingdom of Bosnia in the late 14th- and first half of the 15th century.

According to Ragusan chronicler Mavro Orbini (1563–1614), Vuk, also called Hran (Хран), was born in 1317, the son of an unnamed knez ("count", comes) from Rudine.[1] Some historiographical works call Vuk with the family name – Vuk Kosača (Вук Косача).[2][3] After an incident during a hunt, in which Branko Rastislalić lost his life, Vuk fled first to the Kingdom of Hungary, then joined (or returned to[4]) the court of Emperor Stefan Dušan.[5] Vuk was responsible for Branko's death (some time after 1351) after a conflict arose on the hunting trip of the two families, who both had possessions in Podrinje.[4] Reconciled with the relatives of Branko, Vuk returned to Serbia.[4] Vuk distinguished himself in the military of Emperor Dušan, and was awarded Rudine,[6] a spacious province.[7] According to G. Tomović the possessions were located around Rogatica (now in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina).[4] A member of the Rastislalić family took revenge by murdering Vuk in Rudine in 1359.[6][7] Vuk's son, Vlatko (fl. 1388–d. 1392), was a celebrated military commander in the service of Bosnian king Tvrtko I.[6] He also had another son, Hranja, who is known from other sources.[7] The family later amassed power and held what is today Herzegovina.[6]


  1. ^ Dinić 1940, p. 157.
  2. ^ Višeslav Lj. Simić (2002). Zapis Danilovog učenika i druge priče. Temelj srpstva. p. 110. 
  3. ^ Aleksa Ivić (1929). Istorija Srba u Vojvodini od najstarijih vremena do osnivanja Potisko-Pomoriške granice. Matica srpska. p. 131. 
  4. ^ a b c d Tomović 2009, p. 2.
  5. ^ Dinić 1940, pp. 157–158.
  6. ^ a b c d Dinić 1940, p. 158.
  7. ^ a b c SANU 1950, p. 56.


Military offices
Preceded by
and Vojin

as serving Uroš III
vojvoda of Stefan Dušan
Served alongside:
Jovan, Vojihna, Preljub,
Vratko, Palman, Đuraš,
Radoslav, Gradislav, Nikola
Succeeded by
as serving Uroš V