#385069

Anonymous

How I interpreted it.


    [li]In the Serbian Empire (as well as kingdoms):

    HIGH
    Tsar :: Emperor
    Despot :: King of a reign under the rule of the Tsar
    Kralj :: King of a reign without the rule of a Tsar above

    MIDDLE
    Knez :: Prince or sometimes Duke
    Župan :: Ruler of the

župa, a territorial sub-unit
Ban :: local ruler
Bojar :: freemen, avaible for conscription, allowed to carry weapons and own land, obliged to go to war (boj)

LOW
[size=8pt]as title -[/size]
Starješina :: Head of the zadruga, a rural community
Otac :: The father of the family

[size=8pt]as class – Sebar, common folk[/size]
Meropah :: serfs, obliged to pay fees and taxes to the lord
Vlah :: herders, not obliged to pay fees, but obliged to pay yearly tax
Zanatlija :: craftsmen
Sokalnik :: similar to serfs
Otrok :: arguably slave, could also mean squire
[/li]

Similar or same like in the rest of Europe of that time, the peasants worked for all, the bojars (barons) fought for all, the clergy prayed for all. I am not sure if the bojar class is documented somewhere in the Serbian historical documents under that name, like in Bulgaria or Russia, Dalibor knows better I hope, I believe those people were simply denominated as ban's and vojvoda's here.

I have to add that Knez and Župan were pre-Christian High titles, one became a king only after acknowledged by the Church as such, 'by the grace of god'.

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