Who is Balša I?
Born of Montenegrin or possible Albanian origin, he was a nobleman and military commander during the rule of Emperor Dušan the Mighty but managed to expand his power after the death of Dušan and gained control of the island of Mljet. He begins with taking lands previously held by Lord Žarko, and is recognized as Oblastni gospodar in charters of Emperor Uroš the Weak. In 1362 his sons defeated and killed Head of Upper Zeta Đuraš Ilijić and expand further in Upper Zeta. He died the same year.
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