The Charter of Ban Damjan Horvat on Commercial Privileges of Dubrovnik Cover Image

Повеља бана Дамјана Хорвата Дубровчанима о слободи трговине
The Charter of Ban Damjan Horvat on Commercial Privileges of Dubrovnik

Author(s): Neven Isailović
Subject(s): History
Published by: Центар за напредне средњовековне студије
Keywords: Dubrovnik (Ragusa); Dalmatia; Croatia; Slavonia; Damjan Horvat of Litva; 1473; charter; Cyrillic alphabet; commerce; privilege.

Summary/Abstract: This paper offers a critical edition (including text, translation and reproduction) of the charter of Croatian-Dalmatian-Slavonian ban Damjan Horvat of Litva, issued to the merchants of Dubrovnik (Ragusa) in 1473. The charter was written in Slavic vernacular and cyrillic alphabet, being one of roughly twenty preserved medieval Cyrillic diplomatic documents of Croatian origin. It was probably issued on the initiative of the Ragusans, due to the deteriorating situation on the most frequent routes of Ragusan trade (i.e. to Serbia and Bosnia) and also to the strenghtening of connections between the Croatian- Dalmatian ban (representative of Hungarian king Mátyás Corvin) and Dubrovnik on the grounds of protection against the Ottoman pressure. The charter has typical elements of a trading privilege of lesser format and its structure bears resemblance with many contemporary Croatian and some Bosnian documents of the same type.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 241-253
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Serbian