Numerous small Serbian states were created, located in modern Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia.With the decline of the Serbian state of Duklja in the late 11th century, "Raška" separated from it and replaced it as the most powerful Serbian state. 1169–96) conquered the neighbouring territories of Kosovo, Duklja and Zachlumia.Free dating site for singles worldwide at e Love Dates.A 100% free dating site offering free online dating, photo personal ads, messaging...The Nemanjić dynasty ruled over Serbia until the 14th century.Nemanja's older son, Stefan Nemanjić, became Serbia's first recognized king, while his younger son, Rastko, founded the Serbian Orthodox Church in the year 1219, and became known as Saint Sava after his death.Louis William, Margrave of Baden-Baden called Serbian Patriarch Arsenije III Čarnojević to raise arms against the Turks; the Patriarch accepted and returned to the liberated Peć.
The history of the early medieval Serbian Principality is recorded in the 10th-century work De Administrando Imperio, which describes the Serbs as a people living in Roman Dalmatia, subordinate the Byzantine Empire.
) are a South Slavic ethnic group that formed in the Balkans.
The majority of Serbs inhabit the nation state of Serbia (with a minority in disputed Kosovo), as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia.
When the Principality of Serbia gained independence from the Ottoman Empire, Orthodoxy became crucial in defining the national identity, instead of language which was shared by other South Slavs (Croats and Bosniaks).
The origin of the ethnonym is unclear (see Names of the Serbs and Serbia).