The Early Centuries (ca. 500 - ca. 1000)

Serbian Medieval History, The Early Centuries (ca. 500 - ca. 1000)

   
 
   
VIc
la.gif South Slavs reach the Danube and make incursions into the Balkan peninsula, which they settle in the course of this century.
Slavs reached Adriatic coast. Fall of Salona (near Split) (614).
   
623
la.gif Prince Samo (623-658) unites Slavic tribes defending against the Avars.
Arabians (Mores) conquer Iberian peninsula.
Bulgarians take Sofia (809).
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711
   
VIII-
IXc.
la.gif First Serbian princes: Viseslav, Radoslav, Prosigoj.
Methodios (bef. 820-885) and Constantine-Cyrill (826-869), missionaries, "Slavic apostles", founders of Slavic literacy.
Norman conquest of England begins. ra.gif
836
   
850
la.gif Prince Vlastimir (840s - ca. 860)
Vlastimir's sons, Mutimir, Strojmir, and Gojnik, defeat Bulgarian army (852-857).
   
867
la.gif Serban conversion to Christianity (867-874).
Pope John VIII (872-882). ra.gif
872
       
First mention of Belgrade (former Singidunum) in the April 16th letter of Pope John VIII (878).
   
891
la.gif Prince Pribislav, inherits throne from father Mutimir, but is soon overthrown by cousin Petar Gojnikovic.
   
892
la.gif Prince Petar Gojnikovic (892-917). Caught by Bulgarians by deception, dies in banishment.
Bulgarian emperor Symeon, the most important ruler of the First Bulgarian empire, raises to throne. ra.gif
893
       
Kliment and Naum, missionaries in Macedonia, spread Cyrillic literacy among Serbs (893).
X-XI c. - establishes the foundation of Serbian literature.
Constantine VII, Byzantine emperor and scholar, publishes important data about the South Slavs in his work "De administrando imperio." ra.gif
913
   
917
la.gif Prince Pavle Branovic (917-920), Mutimir's grandson and Hungarian vassal.
   
920
la.gif Prince Zaharije Pribisavljevic (920-924)overthrows Pavle.
Bulgarian occupation of Serbian lands (924).
   
927
la.gif Prince Caslav Klonimirovic (927 - ca. 960)
Ruler of Raska (Serbia), Duklja (Montenegro), Travunija (East Hercegovina) and Bosnia.
Otto I the Great, king of Germany and first Holy Roman emperor. ra.gif
936
   
976
la.gif Samuilo, ruler of Macedonian Slavs and Bulgarian emperor. Byzantine emperor Basil II Bulgaroktonos defeats Samuilo's army at Belasica in 1014, and annexes his state.
Hugh Capet, king of France, founds the Capet dynasty (ruled until 1348). ra.gif
987
   
 

 

 

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