Two Documents from the XV Century on Verbal Delict of the Ragusans and Bosnians Cover Image

Два документа из XV века о вербалним деликтима Дубровчана и Босанаца
Two Documents from the XV Century on Verbal Delict of the Ragusans and Bosnians

Author(s): Neven Isailović
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: Dubrovnik (Ragusa); Bosnia; XV century; The Sorgo Family; The Goze Family; Pavle Radišić; insults; investigation; verbal delict

Summary/Abstract: This paper is a critical edition of two documents from the State Archives in Dubrovnik (DAD) which contain the minutes of the investigations, led by Ragusan judicial authorities, concerning complaints over malicious insults filed against certain persons twice during the first half of the XV century. The first complaint was made in 1403 against a Ragusan nobleman Lampre de Sorgo by Radivoy, a servant of Bosnian pretender Pavle Radišić. It was established that a dispute over a piece of meat turned into a series of insults uttered by Sorgo against Radivoy and his absent master. Radišić was styled as an ass, hog, nobody, coward and a devil by the infuriated patrician. Sorgo was not angry only because the servant came earlier and took his meat, but also because he held the Bosnian pretender responsible for the ongoing war between king Ostoja and Dubrovnik. The second complaint, filed 40 years later (1443), launched an investigation against a certain Vocigna Stoicich, probably a man from the lands of the Kosača оr the Pavlovići, masters of the hinterland of Dubrovnik at the time. A Ragusan patrician Clemens de Goze claimed that Stoicich told him that all members of the Goze family are bastards in his land, just like he is treated like a bastard and a commoner in Dubrovnik. Although both indictments were supported by the witnesses, it is not known if any of these two cases ended with a sentence and punishment of the culprits.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 31
  • Page Range: 23-38
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Serbian