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THE CROWN, THE KING AND THE CITY: DUBROVNIK, HUNGARY AND THE DYNASTIC CONTROVERSY, 1382-1390

Zrinka Pešorda-Vardić


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Abstract

The reign of Louis the Great, king of Hungary and Croatia (1342-1382), is considered the golden age of Croatian medieval history. After his death, the legitimate rule of queens Mary and Elisabeth was seriously challenged, and dynastic and other political struggles intensified. Dubrovnik led a well-balanced policy. It proclaimed loyalty to St. Stephen’s crown and to the king who legitimately worn it, emphasizing the crown’s corporate character. The patricians of Dubrovnik were well aware of the benefits such a position could have, making the most of king’s suzerainty in widening the city’s autonomy, territorial expansion and economic prosperity. Such attitude towards the sovereign became implanted into Dubrovnik’s political ideology.

Keywords

Dubrovnik, Hungary, 14th C., Louis the Great, Sigismund of Luxembourg, Crown of St Stephen, royal authority

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8287

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/8287

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