A member of the Berislavići Grabarski from the Požega County of Slavonia, Stefan was the son of Ivaniš Berislavić (d. 1514), who served the Kingdom of Hungary as Despot of Serbia (r. 1504–14), and Ban of Jajce (r. 1511–13). His mother was Jelena Jakšić, of the Serbian Jakšić noble family, who had previously been married to the last Serbian Despot of the Branković dynasty, Jovan Branković (r. 1496–1502), who died in 1502; as the couple had no issue, the Serbian Despot title was inherited by Jelena, who remarried in 1504 to Ivaniš, who in turn received the title, holding it until his death in 1514.
Stefan was less than ten years old when his father died, thus, the Despot title was recognized to him only in 1520. After the defeat of the Hungarians at Mohács (1526), the Hungarian nobility was divided into two sides; one led by King Ferdinand Habsburg, on whose side Berislavić stood, and one led by John Zápolya, the Duke of Transylvania. Stefan died in 1535. After the fall of Hungary, there were two more titular Despots, Radič Božić (1527–28), received by Zápolya, and Pavle Bakić (1537), received by Ferdinand.
|Ancestors of Stefan Berislavić|
- Name: He was crowned "Stefan, Despot of Rascia" (Stefan despot Raške). Croatian historiography use Stjepan, while Serbian historiography use Stefan, Stevan and Stjepan. In Hungarian, his full name is written Beriszló István.
- Drago Roksandić (2004). Etnos, konfesija, tolerancija. Srpsko Kulturno Društvo "Prosvjeta". ISBN 978-953-6627-65-3.
Među njegovim pristašama bio je i tadašnji srpski despot, inače hrvatski velikaš, Stjepan (Stefan) Berislavić, koji je sudjelovao i u svečanosti krunisanja kao "Stefan despot Raške".4
- Strossmayer, Josip Juraj (2005). Izabrani književni i politički spisi.
- Gábor Barta (1994). La route qui mène à Istanbul: 1526-1528. Akadémiai Kiadó. ISBN 978-963-05-6783-1.
Beriszlô, Istvân (Stevan Berislavic)