At the Tragom bosanskog kraljevstva u Zenici festival, organized by the CITY MUSEUM OF ZENICA, the MUSEUM OF THE BOSNIAN KINGDOM showcased the exhibition “Charters of Bosnian Rulers and Nobles (1189-1461)”.

At the end of July of the current year, the Museum of the Bosnian Kingdom opened an exhibition to the public “Charters of Bosnian Rulers and Nobles (1189-1461)” by Dr. Enes Dedić, in a permanent exhibition at the fortress Ostrožac on the Una in Cazin, and announced the beginning of its activities at the same place. 

The exhibition’s season for visiting has begun at the festival Tragom bosanskog kraljevstva, and the exhibition will also visit Ljubljana in Slovenia on October 1, 2022.

Despite the rain and bad weather conditions, many visitors attended the exhibition entitled “Charter of Bosnian Rulers and Nobles (1189-1461)” The author of the exhibition, Dr. Enes Dedić, among other things, stated:

“The exhibition Charters of Bosnian Rulers and Nobles (1189-1461) includes a total of ten charters from the time of the Bosnian Banate and Kingdom, covering a period of almost three centuries. As part of this exhibition, the charters of Bosnian bans, kings and the most prominent nobles, from the time of Ban Kulin to the last Bosnian king Stjepan Tomašević, were showcased. The charters were written in Cyrillic and Latin script, in Old Slavonic and Latin. In this context, the famous charter of Ban Kulin, which was written in both languages and scripts, is particularly noteworthy. Within this exhibition, pictures of the original charters are displayed, with the exception of the charter of Ban Kulin, which is displayed in an older copy. Each of the charters is prepared in such a way that a picture is shown, a printout of the contents of the charter and a translation of the text into the Bosnian language. The texts of these charters talk about the elements of Bosnian statehood, language, writing, state organization, territory, borders, economy, trade, that is, about the most significant state interests. The charters that indicate changes in the territorial extent of the medieval Bosnian state have attracted particular attention. These ten charters provide an opportunity to trace the characteristics of Bosnian literacy and the Old Slavic language which was also known as Bosnian to the Bosnian neighbors of the 15th century. These charters illustrate the transformation of Bosnia from a banate to a kingdom, and the charter of King Tvrtko I answers questions about Bosnia’s rise to the rank of a kingdom. Through these ten charters, a whole palette of expressions is crystallized: from sincere confessions, through cold diplomacy, to complete insincerity. The purpose of this exhibition is to bring the voices of medieval Bosnians closer to the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their original form. The transcription and translation of the charters enable all interested individuals to pass their own judgment on certain events from the history of the Bosnian Middle Ages, based on the sentences written by the Bosnian rulers and nobles.” – Dr. Enes Dedić

In addition to the exhibition “Charters of Bosnian Rulers and Nobles (1189-1461)” at the festival in Zenica at the Vranduk fortress, the Museum of the Bosnian Kingdom also organized a workshop for children and presented a picture book and coloring book “The Bosnian Kingdom” that carries children back in time to medieval Bosnia and introduces them to the medieval Bosnian Cyrillic alphabet.