10 Most Famous Slavic Warlords In History

We have decided to make a list of most awesome Slavic warlords, war heroes and national icons for you to learn about. One of these legends for each Slavic land and it will be more than enough we hope, as you will enjoy this short gallery of heroes! Even today people sing old folk songs about them and little children hear stories of their bravery or greatness. These people have left such marks in national Slavic history that they have become immortal due to their heroic deeds! As such this is the reason you will read about them, so get yourself comfy in our time-machine! If you didn’t hear about any of these or you think some others should be included make sure to leave a comment and share your opinion with us! Get your swords ready! go:

Nikola Subic Zrinski – Croatia


Nikola Šubić Zrinski or Zrínyi Miklós in Hungarian (1508 – September 7, 1566) was a Croatian nobleman and general in service of Habsburg Monarchy, ban of Croatia from 1542 to 1556, and member of the Zrinski noble family. He was known across Europe for his involvement with the Battle of Szigetvár and is today seen as a hero by both Hungarians and Croats.

Casimir Pulaski – Poland


Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski of Ślepowron coat of arms or in English: Casimir Pulaski;  was a Polish nobleman, soldier and military commander who has been called with his fellow Hungarian friend Michael Kovats de Fabriczy “the fathers of the American cavalry”. He has been remembered as a hero who fought for independence and freedom both in Poland and in the United States.

Milos Obilic – Serbia


Miloš Obilić was a Serbian knight in the service of Prince Lazar, during the invasion of the Ottoman Empire. He is not mentioned in contemporary sources, but he features prominently in later accounts of the Battle of Kosovo as the assassin of the Ottoman sultan Murad I. He became a major figure in Serbian epic poetry, in which he is elevated to the level of the most noble national hero of medieval Serbian folklore.

Ivaylo of Bulgaria – Bulgaria


Ivaylo, also spelled Ivailo, (Bulgarian: Ивайло), nicknamed Bardokva (“radish” or “lettuce” in Bulgarian), was a warrior rebel, movement leader and on end the emperor (Tsar) of Bulgaria. In 1277, he spearheaded a peasant uprising (the only successful peasant uprising in European history, with the goal being to take the throne), and forced the nobles to accept him as emperor. He reigned as emperor from 1278 to 1279, scoring victories against the Byzantines and the Mongols.

Svatopluk I of Moravia – Slovakia


Svatopluk I or Svätopluk I, also known as Svatopluk the Great (Latin: Zuentepulc, Zuentibald, Sventopulch, Old Church Slavic Свѧтопълкъ and transliterated Svętopъłkъ, Greek: Sphendoplokos) was a ruler of Great Moravia, which attained its maximum territorial expansion during his reign. Svatopluk, whose empire encompassed the whole or parts of the territory of modern Slovakia, has occasionally been presented as a “Slovak King” in literary works since the 18th century, the period of the Slovak national awakening.

Sviatoslav I of Kiev – Russia, Ukraine, Belarus


Sviatoslav I Igorevich, also spelled Svyatoslav, Grand prince of Kiev. The son of Igor of Kiev and Olga, Sviatoslav is famous for his incessant campaigns in the east and south, which precipitated the collapse of two great powers of Eastern Europe, Khazaria and the First Bulgarian Empire. He also conquered numerous East Slavic tribes, defeated the Alans and attacked the Volga Bulgars, and at times was allied with the Pechenegs and Magyars. His decade-long reign over the Kievan Rus’ was marked by rapid expansion into the Volga River valley, the Pontic steppe, and the Balkans.

Alexander the Great – Macedonia


Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great (Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Μέγας, Aléxandros ho Mégas [a.lék.san.dros ho mé.gas]), was a King (Basileus) of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander succeeded his father, Philip II, to the throne at the age of twenty. He spent most of his ruling years on an unprecedented military campaign through Asia and northeast Africa, until by the age of thirty he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world, stretching from Greece to Egypt and into northwest India. He was undefeated in battle and is considered one of history’s most successful military commanders.

Note: Macedonians are Slavic, they claim it, so we included it in this list until legally whole issue is cleared between Greece and Macedonia.

Jan Žižka – Czechia


Jan Žižka z Trocnova a Kalicha; Czech general and Hussite leader, follower of Jan Hus, was born in the small village of Trocnov (now part of Borovany) in Bohemia, into a gentried family. He was nicknamed “One-eyed Žižka.” Since his youth, he was attached to the royal court and held the office of Chamberlain to Queen Sophia. He fought in the Battle of Grunwald (July 15, 1410), where he defended Radzyń against the Teutonic Order.

Rudolf Maister – Slovenia


Rudolf Maister (Vojanov) (29 March 1874 – 26 July 1934) was a Slovene military officer, poet and political activist. The soldiers who fought under Maister’s command in northern Slovenia became known as “Maister’s fighters” (Slovene: Maistrovi borci). Maister was also an accomplished poet and self-taught painter.

King Tvrtko I – Bosnia & Herzegovina


Stephen Tvrtko I was the Ban of Bosnia during 1353–77, King of Bosnia and Serbia during 1377–91, and king of Croatia and Dalmatia after 1390. A member of the Bosnian Kotromanić dynasty which had ruled the Banate of Bosnia, he was a “politically adept and religiously tolerant ruler” and under his command Bosnia reached its peak and became the strongest power in the Balkans, conquering parts of what is today Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro.

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