Stefan Urosh III Dechanski

   Serbian king (1321-1331); son of Stefan Urosh II Milutin (q.v.). He supported Andronikos II against Andronikos III (qq.v.) during the civil war of the 1320s. After Andronikos II died in 1328, the expansion of Serbia into Byzantine Macedonia (qq.v.) prompted Andronikos III to form an alliance with Bulgaria (q.v.). Stefan promptly defeated the Bulgarians in 1330 at the historic battle of Velbuzd (q.v.). The next year the nobles of Serbia ousted Stefan and gave the throne to his son.

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