I know I promised you a story about Pero Popivoda, but I'm still researching that S.O.B.!!! Luckily I have some first hand info.
I'll rather tell you a different and much older story. A story about Slovenian national hero and battle at Kokovo.
Every nation has it's heroes, some are mythical, some are half - mythical, much was added and much was cut from their stories. That includes Wilhelm Tell, Robin Hood, Shaka Zulu,.... So here it goes:
The year is 1478. Europe is unstable, under pressure from invading Turks, famine, disease, internal disputes,... Our lands were hit hard. Though the Turks treated their taken countries much nicer than Cristian forces ever did theirs, they fight with burned ground tactics - to soften the lands which they wanted to incorporate. They also took the babies back into their homeland to create much feared elite 'Janičar' units from them. Here and in parts of Croatia the system of defense was created by our rulers from Wienna. That includes peasants erecting new castles, town walls, but staying out on the weather themselves. The lords feared the wrath of their subjects, and rightly so. Over the years there was plenty uprisings, burned castles and hard fights. The peasants were beaten many times because they thought the Kaiser is an almost divine kind ruler, who listens to people, and therefore wanted to talk, negotiate, write,... to him. What happened to those who were captured was inhuman......
The peasants fortified some of the churches, but were monitored closely and there were decrees how high the wall can be (so they won't turn them in effective fortresses against their masters), so really good protection was rare.
There were only a couple such fortresses for peasants, others had much more primitive walls. Many are still preserved today.
So the peasants were hungry, hit by invaders, there was a plague,... and they rallied again against their church and 'noble' masters at Koroška, which is now a part of Austria.
They elected their leaders, refused to collect tributes to landlords, formed their courts, and demanded, that the priests should be elected by them.
The army was prepared to fight them, but suddenly there was a Turkish invasion! And a big one! The peasants went to meet them and defend their homes and families. But morale was waning. On one side the Kaiser forces, on the other the fierce and merciless invaders. Most of peasants fled. A few hundred remained under leadership of Matjaž. They set up a blockade in the gorge near Kokovo. The battle was Slovenian Thermopylae. They held them! Until the Turks found the way behind their backs. It was over....
After the raid the Kaiser forces had an easy task. Many peasants were publicly inhumanly tortured (as is the custom during revolts) and greeted death with a smile.
They say the peasant king Matjaž sleeps under mountain Peca. There he waits, until the situation will be most unbearable, than he will rise again, with his trusty courageous army and save our land from the enemies....
Have a nice day from a person, who bears his name and watch the pretty pictures...