Dragana of Serbia

Empress consort of Bulgaria
Tenure 1380s–1395
Predecessor Kira Maria
Successor Vacant. Title next held by Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz as Princess of Bulgaria.
Born Prilepac
Spouse Emperor Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria
Father Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović of Serbia
Mother Princess Milica Nemanjić

Dragana (Bulgarian: Драгана) was a Bulgarian empress consort, second wife of Ivan Shishman (r. 1371–1395). She was a daughter of the Serbian prince Lazar and Milica Nemanjić. There are almost no historical sources about her. There is a text in the Boril obituary concerning the consorts of Ivan Shishman:

...To Kira Maria, the pious empress to the great emperor Ivan Shishman, eternal memory. To mistress Desislava, mother of the pious empress Maria - to the great emperor Ivan Shishman, called in angel's form Debora, eternal memory...[1]

Based on that text, the historian Plamen Pavlov has suggested a new theory about the empress. He assumes that since Lazar had no wife named Desislava, it is possible that the first wife of Ivan Shishman was Maria and Dragana was called Kira Maria, unless there is a mistake in the paragraph.[1]

It is possible that she was the mother of Fruzhin and Alexander.


  1. 1 2 Павлов, Пламен. Търновските царици. В.Т.:ДАР-ТХ, 2006.
Dragana of Serbia
Born: ? Died: ?
Royal titles
Preceded by
Kira Maria
Empress consort of Bulgaria
Annexation by
Ottoman Empire
Title next held by
Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz
as Princess of Bulgaria
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