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Prvi pomen krstjana u srednjovjekovnoj Bosni
The first mention of "krstjani" in medieval Bosnia

Analysis of sources with the late twelfth and early thirteenth century

Author(s): Elma Hasimbegovic
Subject(s): History, Middle Ages, 6th to 12th Centuries, 13th to 14th Centuries, 15th Century
Published by: Institut za istoriju
Summary/Abstract: One of the essential determinants of the Bosnian Middle Ages was the existence of a specific clerical organization, the Church of Bosnia, which greatly influenced the religious, political and even cultural development of the medieval Bosnia. The Bosnian resources from the 14th and 15th century testify that the adherents of the Church of Bosnia held distinctive positions in the political life and in courts of Bosnian rulers and feudal lords, they also served as charter witnesses and were generally renowned figures of authority in the Bosnian medieval society. In the aforementioned resources, they are always referred to as krstjani, or krstjanice. These resources we mention date from a later period when the Church of Bosnia was already an established clerical organization with its hierarchy and a position within the society. However, the term krstjani appeared much earlier, at the beginning of the 13th century, in the first accusations of heresy on the territory of Bosnian Kulin ban. The sources from the papal office, accused the Bosnian ban for heresy using the terms Qatars, Patarenes or heretics in general, but also claimed that the heretics call themselves true krstjani.

  • Page Range: 413-424
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Language: Bosnian