Croatia: A Nation Forged in War by Marcus Tanner

By Marcus Tanner

The increase, fall and rebirth of Croatia is stated during this textual content. the writer, a journalist who witnessed a lot of the warfare, starts off via describing the 1st Croatian country within the ninth century and ends together with his interviews with the various best figures within the present upheaval.

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The Croatshad made their stand at Krbavsko Poljein 1493. The turn of the Hungarians came in August 1526 when the news reached Buda of a large Turkish army moving northwards towards Hungary. The reports triggered fresh appeals the to Habsburgs and thepapacy for aid, but there was no answer. Although Queen Maria of Hungary was the sister of Charles V’s younger bother, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, Ferdinand himself seemsnot to have been unduly concerned about the fate of his brother-in-law. The Pope’streasury was empty.

A few days after Ferdinand’s coronation in Pressburg the Sabor assembled at Cetingrad, near Bihak, to elect him as king of Croatia. Most Croats backedthe Habsburg candidate, although they were determined to make use of the choice to reaffirm Croatia’s privileges and its status as a kingdom. OnNewYear’sDay 1527 the Sabor met at the Church of the Visitation of St Maryin the Monastery of the Transfiguration under the presidency of the Bishop of Knin and the heads of the Zrinski and Frankopan families.

Bosnia joined in this lucrative trade, The Venetians also had an eye on this growth industry but were reluctant to set foot in the wilderness of Bosnia or Serbia, as the few travellers who ventured in usually brought backhorrible accounts of violence and robbery. Instead the Venetian merchantsturned to their colleagues inDubrovnik, who had moreexperience of this virtually uncharted territory. One surviving account concerns Giacomo Grimani, a Venetian merchant of some substance with business contacts in the Levant, who stopped in Dubrovnik on his way to sell King Tvrtko of Bosnia a precious diamond in 1390.

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