Fonds HR-DADU-19 - Lamenta politica; Lamenti politici (Political disputes)

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Lamenta politica; Lamenti politici (Political disputes)


  • 1312-1313, 1417-1419, 1441, 1537-1544, 1547-1563, 1570 (Creation)

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7 volumes; 0.5 linear metres; textual records

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Biographical history

Archival history

In 1891, a historian Josip Gelčić took a newly opened job position of an archivist in the Dubrovnik Archives, which was then located in the Rector's Palace. He made a summary inventory of archival material from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. He also created this fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The fonds has been linked to the archive since its inception. In times of the Dubrovnik Republic, the books of the fonds were stored in the Rector's Palace. The books remained in the Rector’s Palace after the fall of the Republic (1808). In 1891, the archives were consolidated and became available to researchers. The archive in the Rector's Palace has been functioning as an independent institution since 1920 and it was dislocated to the Sponza Palace in 1952, where it is still located today.

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Scope and content

The fonds mainly contains data on court cases with topics that could be potentially sensitive or even dangerous for the stability of the Republic, and which were the responsibility of the Minor Council. Some of these cases thus reference to investigations led against local people who, together with Uskoci, plundered the neighbouring areas under the Ottoman rule, or to investigations against those who would spy for foreign countries. This fonds also contains documents that are not of a political nature, such as, e.g., wine smuggling, quarrels, insults, and physical confrontations.

There is very little reference to Jewish people in the fonds. Some references can be found in a lawsuit and a related investigation against a sea captain from the Republic who in 1547 attempted to kill some Jewish merchants on his ship (vol. 5, f. 13), and another reference found is in a reported conflict from 1550 between a Dubrovnik physician Isaac and other Dubrovnik physicians (vol. 5, f. 164).

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Conditions governing access

The fonds is fully accessible to researchers in accordance with the Ordinance on the work in the reading room of the State Archives in Dubrovnik and the Law on Archival Materials and Archives NN 61/18 (Pravilnik o radu u čitaonici Državnog arhiva u Dubrovniku and Zakon o arhivskom gradivu i arhivima NN 61/18).

Conditions governing reproduction

Taking photographs and scanning are allowed, for a fee.

Language of material

  • Italian
  • Latin

Script of material

  • Latin

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Paper. The archival material is well preserved.

Finding aids

Građa za generalni katalog Državnog arhiva u Dubrovniku, box 17, folder 7. Josip Gelčić,»Catalogus i. r. Archivii Ragusini.« Glasnik Zemaljskog muzeja u Bosni i Hercegovini 22 (1910): 537-588.

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Existence and location of originals

State Archives in Dubrovnik

Existence and location of copies

The fonds has been completely transferred to microfilms, but the microfilms are not available to the users of archives.

Related units of description

Lamenta criminalia (HR-DADU-20), Lamenta de criminali (HR-DADU-21)

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Publication note

Zdenka Janeković-Römer, Nella Lonza, »Dubrovački "Liber de maleficiis" iz 1312-1313. godine.« (summary: The "Liber de maleficiis", 1312-1313, from the Archives of Dubrovnik) Radovi Zavoda za hrvatsku povijest 25 (1992): 1732-228. Nella Lonza, »Srednjovjekovni zapisnici dubrovačkog Kaznenog suda: izvorne cjeline i arhivsko stanje.« (summary: Criminal Records of Medieval Dubrovnik: a Survey) Anali Zavoda za povijesne znanosti HAZU u Dubrovniku 41 (2003): 45-74.

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Old reference code

Fonds of the Dubrovnik Republic and the territory of the former Republic under the French Administration, series 11

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Descriptions of fonds, series and sub-series are made according to the ISAD (G) standard (general international standard archival description).


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  • English



Archivist's note

Description prepared by Vesna Miović (Fonds, Series, Subseries) Croatia [The Institute for Historical Sciences in Dubrovnik, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (CASA)] Translation to English by Zrinka Friganović Sain

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