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Dominikanci i bosansko-humski krstjani
Dominicans and 'Krstjani' of Bosnia and Hum

Author(s): Slavko Slišković
Subject(s): History, Middle Ages, Theology and Religion, 13th to 14th Centuries
Published by: Institut za istoriju
Summary/Abstract: The Dominicans meet the phenomenon of krstjani in Bosnia and Hum in two ways. According to their intellectual orientation, they try to familiarize themselves with krstjani on a theoretical level, however, due to the conventional beliefs that the Church of Bosnia is an integral part of different European heretic movements, the Dominican authors also impute on it the misconceptions that are the characteristic of heretics in the first half of the 18th century. However, confronted with the Bosnian reality they re-think this complex issue and provide answers that could serve as guidelines for concrete research. Soon after their founding, as early as the twenties of the 18th century, the first Dominicans arrive to Bosnia and encounter the krstjan movement of Bosnia and Hum. Even though their initial aim was to preach, they could not resist political malversations with the medieval Bosnian territory, so their efforts met only a lack of understanding and persecution. Nevertheless, they greatly contributed to consolidation of the Catholic religion as Bosnian bishops and through their monastic life. However, they expected that organizing their missions from a free region, such as Slavonija, would be less complicated and they unconsciously opened up a space for krstjan activities. Due to tragic lack of understanding between the two mendicant orders, the Dominicans withdrew from Bosnia, which thus became “franciscana”, however, the Turkish occupation did not allow them to leave a deeper mark on Bosnian history.

  • Page Range: 479-498
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Language: Croatian