Grand Principality of Serbia
Grand Principality of SerbiaNovi Pazar, Serbia
In 1091 or 1092, Vukan became independent, taking the title of Grand Prince (veliki župan). His state was centered at Ras, around present-day Novi Pazar. Subordinate to him were local counts (titled župan), who seem to have been more or less autonomous in the internal affairs of their counties, but who obliged loyalty, and support in warfare. It seems that the counts were hereditary holders, holding their land before Duklja annexed Raška. Vukan began raiding Byzantine territory in the vicinity of Kosovo in ca. 1090, the Byzantines initially being unable to take counter-measures as they faced invading Pechenegs.
The Vukanović dynasty was a medieval Serbian dynasty that ruled over inner Serbia, centered in the Raška region during the 11th and 12th century.