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TitleŽupan of Zachumlia
Lord of Ribnica
Stefan Nemanja

Zavida (Serbian Cyrillic: Завида) or Beli Uroš (Бели Урош, "White Uroš") was a 12th-century Serbian royal who briefly ruled as Župan of Zachumlia and later held the title Lord of Ribnica.

He was a close kinsman, or even a son, of Uroš I of Rascia, although this has not been clarified (Stefan Nemanja's descendants are named Vukan and Uroš in several generations).[1]

He ruled the province of Zachumlia before getting into conflict with his brothers,[1] resulting in him being "exiled"[1] (before 1113), to the Duklja region where he would hold the title of Lord of Ribnica (Part of present-day Podgorica). After the death of George I of Duklja in the 1130s, the family of Zavida regained some of its power in Serbia.

The first-born child of Zavida, Tihomir was chosen to rule over Rascia as a Grand Župan (highest title) following Byzantiums division of the Serb lands by Manuel I, his other sons were given česti[2] (parts): Stracimir ruled West Morava, Miroslav ruled Zachumlia and Travunia, Stefan Nemanja was given Toplica, Ibar, Rasina and Reke.

One of his sons, Stefan Nemanja, would become the progenitor of the famous Serbian Nemanjić dynasty which would lead Serbia to its greatest extent in land and riches compared to others and even raise the title rank to empire.


Grandson of Zavida was King Stefan the First-Crowned.

Royal titles
Title last held by
Župan of Zachumlia
under Uroš I

fl. 1112
Succeeded by
of Hum and Travunia
Slavogast of Hum


  1. ^ a b c Fine, J.V.A.; Van Antwerp Fine, J. (1994). The Late Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Late Twelfth Century to the Ottoman Conquest. University of Michigan Press. p. 3. ISBN 9780472082605. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  2. ^ Cirkovic, S.M. (2004). The Serbs. Wiley. p. 31. ISBN 9780631204718. Retrieved 2015-04-05.