Bosnian Duke Sandalj Hranić Kosača and St. Demetrius-Tribute in 1396 and 1397 Cover Image

Bosnaski vojvoda Sandalj Hranić Kosača i svetodmitarski dohodak 1396. i 1397. godine
Bosnian Duke Sandalj Hranić Kosača and St. Demetrius-Tribute in 1396 and 1397

Author(s): Esad Kurtović
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institut za istoriju
Keywords: Sandalj Hranić Kosača; Bosnian Queen Jelena; St. Demetrius tribute; Dubrovnik

Summary/Abstract: So far, historiography has predominantly considered that Duke Sandalj Hranić Kosača could have been described as a usurper of Bosnian royal revenue in 1396 and 1397 due to the fact that Bosnia had a weak ruler on its throne in that period. On should know, however, that St. Demetrius-tribute was a levy of international nature, which implied certain obligations the Bosnian ruler had in the context of the country’s relations with Dubrovnik. The claims made to that effect by some members of Bosnian aristocracy were unfounded since the other side, i.e. Dubrovnik, could not honour them. Our analysis shows that Duke Sandalj Hranić did not have any arrogant ambitions to take over St. Demetrius-tribute either in April 1396 or in November 1397. In 1396, he served his Queen Jelena very loyally collecting this levy on her behalf and he failed to collect the levy only because the old charters were not renewed, while new customs duties were introduced. In November 1397, Duke Sandalj was responsible for the sale of salt in Novi and it gave him an opportunity to exert the greatest possible influence on the smooth functioning of relations between Bosnia and Dubrovnik; consequently, he could be instrumental in the collection of the St. Demetrius-tribute.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 38
  • Page Range: 41-60
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bosnian