LETTER OF KING STEFAN OSTOJA TO DUBROVNIK REGARDING THE SERBIAN TAX | Plemenito

LETTER OF KING STEFAN OSTOJA TO DUBROVNIK REGARDING THE SERBIAN TAX | Plemenito

LETTER OF KING STEFAN OSTOJA TO DUBROVNIK REGARDING THE SERBIAN TAX


Note

This letter is linked with charter proclaimed by king Stefan Ostoja on 15th of January 1399 regarding the sale of sea coast near Slano. Namely, the mentioned letter requesting payment of the Serbian tax from Dubrovnik Municipality was written on the same date. With this letter, king sent to Dubrovnik his scribe Stepan and servant of voyevoda Hrvoje, Raup. It is clear that there are no issues regarding the chronology of this letter. Letter can be found in State archive in Dubrovnik.
Previous editions:

M. Pucić, Serbian monuments II, 43-44, no. 61; Lj. Stojanović, Charters and Letters I-1, 423-424, no. 430.

Literature: Materials on history of Bosnia 2, Banja Luka 2009, 122-128 (the Charter was prepared by Rade Mihaljčić).

Translation

Stefan Ostoja, by grace of God king of Serbs, Bosnia and more, to our dear brethren and friends, knyaz and nobility and Municipality of Dubrovnik. I have sent you my dear servant, master Stepan, and servant of voyevoda Hrvoje, knyaz Raup, and as if you were my dear kin, I plead to you for the Serbian tax, two thousand gold coins, which are, by tradition, paid on the day of St. Demetrius, and which you gave to our parents. In return our present servants will sign and, as witnesses, attest to reception of the tax as is your custom, and provide this charter for your expeditors. Written in the 1399th year since the birth of Christ, month of January, 15th day. Written by scribed (dijak) Hrvatin by order of lord king in Usora in Lišnica.   

 

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