Bulgar–Serb War (853)

Bulgar-Serb War (853)
Part of the Bulgarian–Serbian Wars (medieval)
Date853 or 854
LocationCentral Balkans
Result Serbian victory; peace treaty
Bulgarian Khanate Serbian Principality
Commanders and leaders
Vladimir-Rasate Mutimir
Casualties and losses
Vladimir and 12 boyars captured

After the death of Prince Vlastimir of Serbia in c. 850, his state was divided between his sons. Vlastimir and Presian, Boris' father, had fought each other in the Bulgar-Serb War (839–42), which resulted in a Serbian victory. Boris sought to avenge that defeat, an in 853 or 854, the Bulgar army led by Vladimir-Rasate, the son of Boris I, invaded Serbia, with the aim to replace the Byzantine overlordship on the Serbs. The Serbian army was led by Mutimir and his two brothers, who defeated the Bulgars, capturing Vladimir and 12 boyars.[1] Boris I and Mutimir agreed on peace (and perhaps an alliance),[1] and Mutimir sent his sons Pribislav and Stefan to the border to escort the prisoners, where they exchanged items as a sign of peace. Boris himself gave them "rich gifts", while he was given "two slaves, two falcons, two dogs, and 80 furs".[2][3][4]


An internal conflict among the Serbian brothers resulted in Mutimir banishing the two younger brothers to the Bulgarian court.[1] Mutimir, however, kept a nephew, Petar, in his court for political reasons.[5] The reason of the feud is not known, though it is postulated that it was a result of treachery.[5] Petar would later defeat Pribislav, Mutimir's son, and take the Serbian throne.

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  1. 1 2 3 John Van Antwerp Fine (1991). The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century. University of Michigan Press. p. 141. ISBN 978-0-472-08149-3.
  2. F. Raçki, Documenta historiae Chroatie etc., Zagreb, 1877, p. 359.
  3. П. Шафарик, Славян. древн., II, 1, стр. 289.
  4. Const. Porphyr., ibid., cap. 32, pp. 154–155
  5. 1 2 Đekić, Đ. 2009, "Why did prince Mutimir keep Petar Gojnikovic?", Teme, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 683–688. PDF
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