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Grand Župan Mihajlo of Zeta (Michael) (1050/1155 -1080) who was born after 1042 maintained Serb independence from Byzantine empire. He was preceded by Caslav Klonimirovic who unified Serb lands only to lose the kingdom after the Bulgars and Byzantium attacked Serbia after the discrd caused by his death. Mihailo received royal insignia from the Pope, and the image of King Mihailo with his crown is still found in the Church of St.Mihailo in Ston, a town in the Peljesac peninsula (in present-day Croatia).
His successors were King Konstantin Bodin , son of Mihajlo who ruled 1080-1101. Bodin fought Byzantium and Normans and took the town of Durachium. He established vassal states in Bosnia (under Stefan) and Raska (under Vukan and Marko), which recognized his supremacy.
Incessant struggles for power among his heirs weakened the state. These struggles culminated in the rise to power of pro-Raska rulers in Duklja such as King Dobroslav, younger brother of Konstantin Bodin and later King Djordje, son of Konstantin. The rise of Raska under its ruler Stefan Nemanja (around 1166) and its state religion, Orthodoxy - resulted in the conversion of Zeta/Duklja to Orthodoxy from Catholicism.
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