Ljubica Vukomanović

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Ljubica Vukomanović
Ljubica Obrenovic sa sinom Milanom.jpg
Princess consort of Serbia
Tenure6 November 1817 – 25 June 1839
BornSeptember 1788
Srezojevci, Serbia
Died26 May 1843 (aged 54)
Vienna, Austrian Empire
Burial
SpouseMiloš Obrenović I, Prince of Serbia
IssuePrincess Petria
Princess Elisabeth
Prince Milan Obrenovic II
Prince Michael Obrenovic III
Princess Maria
Prince Todor
Prince Gabriel
HouseObrenović
FatherRadosav Vukomanović
MotherMarije Damjanović
ReligionSerbian Orthodox

Ljubica Vukomanović (pronounced [ʎûbit͡sa ʋukomǎːnoʋit͡ɕ] Serbian Cyrillic: Љубица Вукомановић; September 1788 – 26 May 1843) was Princess consort of the Principality of Serbia as the wife of Miloš Obrenović, Prince of Serbia, and the founder of the Obrenović dynasty, which ruled Serbia in an almost unbroken line from the time of his election as Prince to the May Overthrow in 1903. Ljubica married Miloš in 1805 and became Princess of Serbia on 6 November 1817 until her husband's abdication on 25 June 1839. She had at least seven surviving children.

Family and marriage[edit]

She was born in September 1788 in Srezojevci, Serbia, the daughter of wealthy proprietor Radoslav Vukomanović and first wife Marija Damjanović; however, the exact date is unknown. In 1805 she married Miloš Obrenović, who on 6 November 1817 was elected the Prince of Serbia, making her Princess consort. Ljubica was active and influential in Serbian politics.[1] Her marriage, however, was volatile, she often disagreed with her husband, and at one time they separated. Miloš was frequently unfaithful to her; and on one occasion she came close to killing one of his mistresses in a violent physical attack.[1]

Between 1819 and 1821 Prince Miloš commissioned a fine city mansion to be built in Belgrade for Ljubica and their children. This is known as Princess Ljubica's Residence and was built by renowned Hadži-Neimar.

Her husband's rule was harsh and autocratic; in June 1839, he was compelled to abdicate the throne in favour of their eldest son, Milan, who died shortly afterwards. Milan was succeeded by their second son, Mihailo.

Ljubica died in Vienna on 26 May 1843 (New Style) (14 May O.S.), and was buried in the Krušedol Monastery on the Fruška Gora mountain.

Issue[edit]

Together, Miloš and Ljubica had at least seven children:

  • Princess Petria (5 August 1810 – 1870), married in 1834 Todor Bajic de Varadija
  • Princess Elisabeth (Savka) (28 March 1814 – 5 October 1848), married in 1831, Jovan Nikolic, by whom she had three sons; her descendants married into the Austrian-Hungarian nobility .
  • Prince Milan (21 October 1819 – 8 July 1839), died unmarried and childless after his brief reign.
  • Prince Michael (16 September 1823 [N.S.] – 10 June 1868 [N.S.]), he ruled as Prince of Serbia from 8 July 1839 until his deposition on 14 September 1842; he assumed rule again from 26 September 1860 until his assassination eight years later alongside his first cousin Princess Anka Obrenović. Had no legitimate issue by his wife, Julia Hunyady de Kéthely.
  • Princess Maria (born and died 9 July 1830)
  • Prince Todor (died young)
  • Prince Gabriel (died young)
Princess Ljubica's Residence, in Belgrade, the city mansion built by Prince Milos for her and their children

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ljubica Vukomanovic Obrenovic at Find a Grave, retrieved 2013-10-28
Royal titles
Preceded by
Jelena Jovanović
Grand Vožd's wife
Princess consort of Serbia
6 November 1817 – 25 June 1839
Succeeded by
Persida Nenadović