The Minutes of the Mihailo Kabužić's Trial Cover Image

Записници са суђења Михаилу Кабужићу
The Minutes of the Mihailo Kabužić's Trial

Author(s): Neven Isailović
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: XV century; trials; diplomacy; Dubrovnik; Bosnia; Nove Zemlje (Dubrovačko Primorje); Ston; Stefan Ostojić; Pavle Radivojević; Jelena Nelipčić; Mihailo Kabužić

Summary/Abstract: Mihailo Kabužić was one of the few nobles of the Republic of Dubrovnik (Ragusa) who was indicted of treason of his fatherland while being in the service of a foreign ruler. He was held responsible for various crimes, including illegal takeover of the estates given to a Bosnian aristocrat Hrvoje Vukčić by the Ragusan government, invitation of the Turks to the Balkans and planning of diplomatic and military actions against Dubrovnik. Even though these crimes were being comitted over a long period of time, the actual trial was organized only when the authorities of Dubrovnik found out that Kabužić had been urging the Bosnian king Stefan Ostojić to demand Vukčić’s estates for himself, to revoke the charter of relinquishing the Slansko Littoral to the Republic and, finally, even to attack Ston and Pelješac and conquer them from Dubrovnik by force. The King did not accept these suggestions but, even so, Kabužić was sentenced to death in his hometown. However, that decesion was soon reversed because the officials of the Republic had to let their treacherous noble enter Dubrovnik as a formal Bosnian ambassador. This paper is a critical edition of two surviving minutes of the Mihailo Kabužić’s trial. They have been transcribed, translated, and also commented when necessary. The article preceding the proper edition covers the history of documents, historical background of the case, procedural information and the aftermath. It also shows the importance of the minutes as a source for political and social history of Bosnia and Dubrovnik in the second decade of XV century.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 29
  • Page Range: 7-29
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Serbian