Vinodol Law

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Vinodol Law


a collection of legal rules compiled in 1288 in Vinodol. The Vinodol Law is one of the oldest monuments of feudal law among the South Slavs and a valuable source for the social and economic history of Croatia. Written in the glagolitic alphabet in the Croatian language, it consists of 77 articles legally defining the relationships established in Vinodol after King Andrew II of Hungary granted that region to the princes of Krk in 1225. The Vinodol Law regulated private property, contracts, inheritance, and other institutions of civil law. Primary attention was devoted to the judicial structure, legal procedure, and penal law. The Vinodol Law remained in use until the end of the 18th century.


Zakon Vinodol’skii. Original text with Russian translation by V. V. lagich. St. Petersburg, 1880.


Grekov, B. D. Vinodol’skii statut ob obshchestvennom i politicheskom stroe Vinodola. Moscow-Leningrad, 1948.
Barada, M. Hrvatskii vlasteoskifeudalizampo Vinodolskom zakonu. Zagreb, 1952.


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