Katarina (before November 27, 1399 – after June 30, 1413) was the daughter of Vuk Vukčić Hrvatinić, a Bosnian lord and Croatian-Dalmatian ban, the brother of Duke Hrvoje Vukčić. Her mother was Banica Anka. In addition to Katarina, Ban Vuk also had a daughter, Jelena, from a previous marriage. Upon the death of Ban Vuk Vukčić, his brother Hrvoje Vukčić took care of his family. Katarina is first mentioned in historical sources on November 27, 1399, when her mother Banica Anka, in her own name and in the name of her minor daughters, sold seven plots of arable land in the village of Malinavas, in the Lučko district, to Duke Tvrtko Kurjačić for 500 ducats, which fell under Ostrovica and Skradin, possessions previously held by her husband Vuk Vukčić. Taking these facts into consideration, it can be concluded that, following the death of the ban, who did not leave any male heirs, his possessions passed to his wife and minor daughters. The king had to expressly consent to this principle of inheritance. Duke Hrvoje Vukčić arranged Katarina’s marriage to Karlo Kurjaković, the son of Prince Pavle of Krbava. However, the obstacle to this marriage was the blood relationship of the bride and groom, so Duke Hrvoje asked the Pope for permission in 1401. Pope Boniface IX granted permission considering that it was pointed out to him that the future spouses were in the fourth degree of consanguinity. As it turned out, the newlyweds were even more closely related than initially thought. They were in the third degree of consanguinity, although it remains unknown in what way. Therefore, Pope Innocent VII made it impossible to conclude this marriage. Immediately after the papal annulment, there were negotiations on the marriage of Katarina to Duke Sandalj Hranić and her sister Jelena to Sandalj’s brother Prince Vuk Hranić. The marriage took place in the spring of 1405. Both marriages are a reflection of the rapprochement of Hrvatinić and Kosača families, and all of this was especially beneficial to Sandalj Hranić, who became part of the most prominent Bosnian noblemen. This was the second marriage for Duke Sandalj, since he was previously married to Jelena Crnojević.

By marrying Sandalj Hranić, Katarina brought as her dowry the towns of Ostrovica and Skradin, which were still owned by her father Ban Vuk. Two years later, on March 23, 1407, Ladislaus of Naples confirmed the possession of these towns to Sandalj Hranić, his ally on the Bosnian side. Both Sandalj and Banica Anka and Katarina held power over the towns in question. In June 1409, Banica Anka and Duke Sandalj jointly gifted Prince Aleksa Paštrović possessions in Ostrovica county, emphasizing that the possessions came from their heritage. It is particularly interesting that Duke Sandalj with his wife Katarina, and Banica Anka opened a deposit in Ragusa, primarily for the protection of their property.

When the Venetian-Hungarian conflict began in 1409, control of Skradin and Ostrovica became one of the primary focuses of war politics for both warring parties. Given that Duke Sandalj was in conflict with King Sigismund of Luxembourg, the Venetians undertook a diplomatic offensive with the aim of capturing these towns. However, due to the presence of dual power over the towns, the Venetian authorities had to include Banica Anka in the negotiations. Finally, on April 13, 1411, a contract was concluded on the cession of Ostrovica and Skradin to the Venetians. Sandalj thus got rid of the towns that during the Venetian-Hungarian War were simply a burden to him. In addition, by selling the property he received as a dowry, Sandalj was finally able to divorce Katarina, since his relations with Duke Hrvoje had long been troubled. Already in 1410, Sandalj was planning to end the marriage, but the Ragusans refused to give him the requested help, fearing the reaction of Katarina’s uncle, Duke Hrvoje. And yet, the very next year, in 1411, Sandalj married Jelena, which means that immediately before that, the marriage with Katarina was terminated and the final split with the Hrvatinići took place. The divorce itself took place between June and December 1411.

In the years following the termination of her marriage with Duke Sandalj, Katarina appeared sporadically in sources related to the opening of deposits in Ragusa. A final record of her existence is found at the end of June 1413, when she closed her deposit in Ragusa with her mother Banica Anka.


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