As Serbs “made a house for everyone on the road”, history is full of armies, rebellions, uprisings and wars, and love has been an avoided topic in this area for centuries, as if it is a weakness that does not befit warriors and heroes.
In the book “Great Serbian Love”, Žiža Radivojević noted 40 love stories that shine through eight centuries of Serbian history. On the pages of her book, there were couples whose love marked their lives, whether it lasted or turned to ashes, burned by passion, difficult political or ethnic circumstances. The book can be ordered via e-mail by [email protected]
As he was without any special occupation, and with beautiful manners and the same appearance, with an excellent knowledge of German and French, Mihajlo became a master of ceremonies at the court of Coleman Hunyadi, where he met the enchanting Julia Hunyadi. It didn’t take Mihajlo much for this girl to win him over, who couldn’t find a flaw. The face as sculpted, charming, perfectly educated and from a good noble family, seemed to embody everything that a romantic prince wanted.
Life like a fairy tale
Deprived of the warmth of family and home, he dreamed of his own, elevating the image of his future wife to an ideal. Julia Hunyadi completely fit into that picture. Mihajlo received a blessing from his father to get married, and Serbia got a future princess.
The marriage began idyllic. They were young, beautiful and in love, and they didn’t have any financial problems. They also lived in Vienna and on the Ivanka estate, which they received as a gift from Prince Miloš. They traveled to European capitals, where they were received by rulers. As Prince Milos returned to Serbia and re-enthroned himself in power, now the heir to the throne, Mihajlo was received at European courts with great respect. Life was like a fairy tale in which a prince in love had everything he ever wanted.
That life can take and provide with one and the same event was shown when Mihajlo returned to Serbia to become a Serbian prince after the death of his father. Enthusiastically greeted by the people, he set about settling the situation in the country. In the years to come, it will be shown that the young prince did not wander around Europe like a rich bon vivant, just eager to have fun. All those years he spent looking at other states and courts bore fruit both in foreign policy and in the internal organization of the state. Tax policy, judiciary, administrative arrangement, cultural enrichment, he arrived everywhere and interfered in everything except his marriage.
He did not forgive the deception
Even after many years, the princess did not remain pregnant and began to get sick and in a bad mood. She often left Serbia to go to the famous spas, but that did not bring her pregnancy or her better mood.
At that time, Mihajlo’s illegitimate son Velimir was already in Belgrade, but he lived with the family of Ante Radivojević, Mihajlo’s manager of the property. He received an excellent education and was financially taken care of. He came to the court and spent more time with Julia than with Mihajlo, who only copied his father’s cold relationship with himself to his relationship with his son. The public did not know about their prince’s illegitimate child, especially in the years when it was still thought that Serbia would get a legitimate heir.
The year in which the prince received the keys of the city and finally expelled the Ottoman army, when he recorded his great success, was also the year of his great personal defeat. A glass of honey got his glass of bile in the form of the knowledge that his beloved wife had been cheating on him for a long time and shamelessly. Maybe Mihajlo would forgive the deception as an outburst of a deluded female soul unhappy that there is no childbirth. Great love is capable of great forgiveness even when there is the slightest excuse. But the knowledge that the man his wife was in love with and met when she went to Vienna, Carlo Arenberg, was someone who had been present in her youth, it was something she could neither get over nor say goodbye to. .
There were rumors about that Arenberg at the very beginning, when Mihajlo had just met Julia. He did not take it seriously, knowing what the court gossip was, and Countess Esterhazy, whom he respected very much, told him only the best about Julia. Now the happy years they spent in Vienna have come into question, everything has been given a bitter shadow of complete and essential fraud. They separated “from the table and the bed” and the prince fell into a deep apathy.
It was a time of severe pain that he did not know how to deal with. He immersed himself in it and let it completely overwhelm him, to take control of him and darken all his future, as he had darkened his happy last days. He was not old enough to become a father, but he thought it was over with love and marriage. He was thinking of publicly acknowledging his illegitimate son and declaring him heir to the throne. Velimir was an extremely smart child, very similar to his father. Maybe that’s how things would have turned out if his ambitious uncle’s sister, Anka, hadn’t had a beautiful and young daughter Katarina.
Mihajlo’s uncle’s sister, Anka, the daughter of Jevrem and Tomanija Obrenović, took Obrenović’s gene to fall blindly in love, be self-willed and trample on all obstacles and customs. In the middle of the 19th century, she was the most beautiful and most educated Serbian woman, she wrote songs and translated books, played, sang and followed fashion so much that she was nicknamed Pomodarka. As she was extremely beautiful and everything was allowed to her, they say that she flirted even with Mihajlo, while Princess Ljubica was alive, but the strict and patriarchal Ljubica cut it sharply at the root. They say that the conversation was in private and that the princess threatened Anka that he would kill her if she did not give up her son. They were children of two brothers and that was inadmissible in every sense. Anka knew that the princess was ready to kill, it would not be her first time.
Widely known for her beauty and temperament, she had suitors from all over Europe, but she married a very rich Aleksandar Konstantinović and seemed to calm down. She gave birth to four children, but suddenly remained a widow. As the hot blood of Obrenović flowed in her, she fell in love with her son-in-law, who remained a widower. Her sister Simka died young and two widowed and passionate people got into a relationship that was a scandal for the bazaar, but Anka didn’t care much for gossip.
Tomorrow – Great Serbian Love (9): A couple who breaks the laws
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