‘Wine-contamination’ of the Adriatic: Examples of punishing wine smugglers from medieval Dubrovnik

Wine in the 16th century

Strict import-export regulations of the medieval Dubrovnik (Ragusean) authorities included also a rather rigid control of the wine trade.

Renaissance Contacts Between Dubrovnik (Ragusa) and the Kingdom of Hungary

Coat of Arms of King Louis I of Hungary - a talisman of good luck.

During the rule of the Angevin dynasty (1308-82) in Hungary, towns and cities increasingly assumed greater political influence. The first treaty between the King of Hungary and Dubrovnik (in those days Ragusa) was signed in 1358, during the reign of Louis (Lajos) the Great.

The Power of Word: Preachers in Medieval Dubrovnik

Franciscan Monastery - Dubrovnik, Croatia

In the pastoral of the Franciscan and Dominican orders preaching became the principal task of their mission. Preaching manuals represented the basis of the new art. The preachers also used sermon collections, Bible concordances and exempla collections.

White Croatia and the arrival of the Croats: an interpretation of Constantine Porphyrogenitus on the oldest Dalmatian history


The article examines Constantine Porphyrogenitus’ (913–59) witness on the arrival of the Croats in Dalmatia during the seventh century. The emperor’s narrative proposes a migration from a land called White Croatia, located somewhere in central Europe, and a battle with the Avars in order to secure their new territory.

The Most Significant Manuscript Sources of Medieval Croatian Vernacular Verse

Medieval Croatian

The first part of the article gives a brief overview of the history of Croatian literacy up to the first written record of poetry in the Old Croatian language.

Where to gamble on the medieval Adriatic?

medieval gambling

A recent article on medieval gambling reveals that it was a popular pastime but what you could or could not do often depended on which town you were in.

Delivering stability: Primogeniture and autocratic survival in European monarchies 1000-1800

Miniature of busts of Geoffrey, Duke of Ardenne; William, Count of Warenne; Godfrey, 'Erle of Arigy'; and Eric, Count of Bigorre; each with their arms and at the beginning of a branch of the genealogical tree.

Although the dominating position of primogeniture at the end of the period might seem natural given primogeniture’s many advantages for the monarch and the ruling elite it was first rather late in history that the principle came to dominate Europe.

Mummified saints of the Northern Croatian Littoral

Vodnjan mummy - Croatia

European mummies occupy a significant place among the world known mummies.

Poisons and Poisoning in the Republic of Dubrovnik


Dubrovnik authorities occasionally resorted to poisoning as a means of resolving state affairs.

The Perception of Croatian medieval history by Vladimir Nazor in ‘Hrvatski kraljevi’ (The Kings of the Croats)

Bust of Vladimir Nazor in Croatia, photo by Roberta F.

Hrvatski kraljevi had a long and complex evolution, and Nazor worked on them for more than thirty years. Originally, this collection of poems was completed in 1903 and published in 1904, under the title Knjiga o kraljevima hrvatskijem (The Book about Croat Kings) by Hrvatska knjižarnica in Zadar.

Through the Eyes of a Crusader: An Intensive Study Into the Personal Involvement of Two Men in the Fourth Crusade

The Fourth Crusade

What was going through the minds ofthese men who were fighting for the cross when they attacked a Christian city, which was one oftheir allies?

Reflection of European Sarmatia in Early Cartography


While looking for the origins of the state of Lithuania, it is the study of old maps that helps solve a number of riddles, so far weighing on the history of our nation. Historical data, traced in maps and their images, unrestricted by any political, religious or pseudo- scientific taboos, allow us to cast a broad view on the dim and distant past of our state.

Economy of Ragusa, 1300 – 1800: The Tiger of Mediaeval Mediterranean

Ragusa, Sicily

An economist is indeed tempted to think of Ragusa as the “Adriatic Tiger “ of yesteryear, an early example of a small open economy with strong fundamentals, and to hypothesize further that, in analogy to the current consensus about what it takes to minimize the impact of external crises, these strengths also allowed Ragusa to mitigate the effects of the many external shocks and financial crises in Medieval Europe.

The Harsh Life on the 15th Century Croatia-Ottoman Empire Military Border: Analyzing and Identifying the Reasons for the Massacre in Cepin

Ottoman Turks

Turkish intrusions into what is today the continental part of Croatia began in 1391 and continued throughout the 15th, and the beginning of the 16th century when a large part of continental Croatia was incorporated into the Turkish Empire.

On unstable foundations

Remete monastery article

Boris Mašic´ and Tajana Pleše report on the excavation of the Monastery of the Pauline Order in Remete, Croatia

Emperor Heraclius and the conversion of the Croats and the Serbs

Solidus-Heraclius-Attribution: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. http://www.cngcoins.com

For a number of years the Croats of Dalmatia were subject to the Franks, as they had formerly been in their own country, but the Franks treated them with such brutality that they used to murder Croat infants at the breast and cast them to the dogs.

Clothing in Dubrovnik in the 16th Century – A Reflection of a Multicultural Center

Dubrovnik - photo by  Luna04 i

Clothing in Dubrovnik in the 16th Century – A Reflection of a Multicultural Center By Katarina Nina Simončič Paper given at the 3rd Global Conference: Fashion – Exploring Critical Issues (2011) Abstract: In the 16th century Dubrovnik was a mercantile harbour town that was influenced by the culture of the East and the culture of […]

“Frankish” or “Byzantine” Saint? The origins of the cult of Saint Martin in Dalmatia

Martin of Tours

“Frankish” or “Byzantine” Saint? The origins of the cult of Saint Martin in Dalmatia Vedris, Trpimir Papers from the First and Second Postgraduate Forums in Byzantine Studies: Sailing to Byzantium, a cura di S. Neocleous, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2009) Abstract This paper grew out of my research in Dalmatian hagiotopography and was originally meant to contribute […]

Castle for Sale in Croatia

Castle Vojkovic-Vojkffy

Castle Vojkovic-Vojkffy Oroslavje, Croatia Asking Price: 2.500.000 € The castle was built in the late 18th century between the 1770 and 1790 years. The three wings on the ground floor form letter “U”; the main north-east wing is larger and its roof is overlooking the smaller and narrower side wings. After the castle was built, […]


King Eric of Pomerania

COUNT IVAN ANŽ FRANKOPAN, THE ROYAL STEWARD OF THE ESTATE IN SWEDEN1426 – 1434 Ibler, Malden Croatian History (2005) Abstract Within the framework of medieval history of Europe and its own geostrategic location, Scandinavian royalties and nobility entertained contacts with central and western Europe. Less known however, is the relationship between Eric of Pomerania, the King […]

Archdeacon Thomas of Split (1200–1268) – A source of early Croatian History

Thomas of Split

Archdeacon Thomas of Split (1200–1268) – A source of early Croatian History By Mirjana Matijević Sokol Review of Croatian History, Vol.1 (2007) Introduction: Thomas, the archdeacon of Split, one of the most interesting figures of medieval Croatia, a participant in many of events in public, political and clerical life in Split from the early to […]

The frequency and distribution of caries in the mediaeval population of Bijelo Brdo in Croatia (10th—11th century)

map of croatia

The frequency and distribution of caries in the mediaeval population of Bijelo Brdo in Croatia (10th—11th century) By Vodanovic Marin, Brkic Hrvoje, Slaus Mario, Demo Zeljko Archives of Oral Biology, Vol.50 (2005) Abstract: Reconstruction of the life of ancient peoples can be accomplished by studying their dental remains. The further we go into the past, […]

The place that lies between : Slavonia in the 10th and 11th centuries

Medieval Slavonia

The place that lies between : Slavonia in the 10th and 11th centuries Mikecz, Jeremy MA Thesis in Medieval Studies, Central European University Budapest, May (2009) Abstract Medieval Slavonia was a place between – a place between cultures and kingdoms. In the tenth and eleventh century it existed at the intersection of a variety of cultural, political, […]

The 1272 Statute of the Town of Dubrovnik

The 1272 Statute of the Town of Dubrovnik Lučić, Josip Dubrovnik Annals 1 (1997) Abstract The Dubrovnik Statute is by all means one of the most complex, universal and most comprising among the Statutes of the Croatian littoral communes. Though not the oldest one, it presents a very good picture of the way of living and […]

The Studies of Exact and Natural Sciences in the History of the Dubrovnik Dominicans


The Studies of Exact and Natural Sciences in the History of the Dubrovnik Dominicans Šanjek, Franjo Dubrovnik Annals 1 (1997) Abstract As their order was modeled after universities, the Dominicans originally pursued classical studies, philosophy, theology, and both exact and natural sciences, offering »solid foundation in the quest for greater wisdom«. Valuable codices, incunabula and rare […]

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