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Mihailo Višević

Noble person

Mihailo Višević Michael of Zahumlje, also known as Michael Višević (Serbo-Croatian: Mihajlo Višević, Serbian Cyrillic: Михаило Вишевић), was an independent Slavic ruler of Zahumlje, in present-day western Herzegovina and southern Croatia, who flourished in the early part of the 10th century. A neighbour of Croatia and Serbia as well as an ally of Bulgaria, he was nevertheless able to maintain independent rule throughout at least a good part of his reign. Michael have come into territorial conflict with Petar of Serbia, who was extending his power westwards. To eliminate the threat, Michael warned his ally the Bulgarian Tsar Simeon I about the alliance between Peter and Symeon's enemy, the Byzantine Empire. Symeon attacked Serbia and captured Peter, who later died in prison. Michael was mentioned together with Tomislav of Croatia in Pope John X's letter of 925. In that same year, he participated in the first church councils in Split. Some historians have taken Michael's participation at the church council as evidence of Zahumlje as a vassal of Croatia. In any case, Michael with grand titles of the Byzantine court as anthypatos and patrician (patrikios) remained ruler of Zahumlje through the 940s,  ( Wikipedia article )

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