patron of Serbia. In 1191 Rastko, a son of the Serbian king, went secretly to Mount Athos and became a monk under the name of Sava. In 1206 he returned to Serbia, where as archimandrite of the monastery of Studenica he took an active part in the religious and political life of the country. In 1219 he established an independent Serbian Church, of which he was consecrated the first archbishop by the Patr. of Nicaea. Feast day in the Serbian Church, 14 Jan.
Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.