Gojslav of Croatia

King of Croatia
Reign 1000–1020
Predecessor Svetoslav Suronja of Croatia
Successor Krešimir III of Croatia
Died 1020
Burial Church of St. Stephen, Solin
House House of Trpimirović
Father Stjepan Držislav of Croatia
Religion Christianity

Gojslav was a monarch who co-ruled the Kingdom of Croatia with his brother Krešimir III from 1000 to his death in 1020. He was the youngest son of the former Croatian King Stjepan Držislav and a member of royal House of Trpimirović.

Revolt and reign

After Croatia's King Stjepan Držislav died in 997, his brother Svetoslav Suronja became King of Croatia. Together with his brother Krešimir III he revolted against Svetoslav Suronja. Because Croatian kings had been allies of Byzantine Empire during war with First Bulgarian Empire rebels requested Bulgarian help. This request was granted in the Bulgarian invasion of 998 during which emperor Samuil took Croatian Dalmatia and great parts of Bosnia.[1] After the war, the Bulgarian emperor gave this territory to Gojslav and Krešimir III. During last two years (999–1000) of Croatian civil war this two revolters have with Bulgarian help defeated Svetoslav Suronja which has gone to Venetia exile in year 1000. Answering that political change Venetian Doge Pietro II Orseolo has started military intervention in Dalmatia in which he will defeat Croatia.

Gojslav and Krešimir III have spent their reign attempting to restore rule over the Dalmatian cities that were now under Venetian control. This brought upon them a conflict with Croatia former protector, the Republic of Venice, in 1018. Peace was concluded upon the diplomatic intervention of Byzantine Emperor Basil II which has confirmed Gojslav and Krešimir III, as Byzantine vassal, kings of Croatia after defeat of First Bulgarian Empire.

He died in 1020.

See also


  1. Chronicle of the Priest of Duklja
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Svetoslav Suronja
King of Croatia
with Krešimir III

Succeeded by
Krešimir III
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