Considered beautiful and intelligent, Tomanija was also an ambitious woman,
involved with plenty of court intrigues and it was rumoured that her aim
was to install her own descendants as the rulers of Serbia. She
was one of her husband's most trusted advisors and when she moved to Sabac
with him, she helped vitalise the town (as they did with Belgrade when
they later moved there), and the house her husband built there became
the centre of cultural life and a salon frequented by artists and intellectuals.
After her husband's death, and that of her brother-in-law Prince Milos
in 1860, she became the most senior member of the ruling family.
But she was considered by this stage a shallow, self-centred woman as
she continued to preoccupy herself with court intrigues, and was eager
for her granddaughter, Katarina Konstantinović, to marry her cousin
Prince Mihaly Obrenović, a plan that was to have grave consequences.
She was with her daughter Anka and Prince Mihaly in the park when they
were assassinated, and was the only one not injured. Still, her
hunger for power did not wane as she saw the marriage of Katarina to the
regent Milivoje Petrović Blaznavac. She did not live long enough
to see her grandson Milan become king of Serbia.
Place of birth: Jarebice, Jadar
Place of burial: Rakovica monastery church