Development and Organization of the Church in Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia in the 14th Century

Thesis author: 
Mišo Petrović
Year of enrollment: 
Duration of thesis project: 
Sep, 2015 - Sep, 2021
Thesis supervisor: 
Katalin Szende
Thesis abstract: 

The aim of this thesis is to research local and regional episcopal developments by observing the conflicts between the prelates and multiple political centers that the prelates had to share their power and authority with. I will place the developments within the broader international context of changes in the relationship between the papal and secular monarchies. The decline in papal authority was felt on the level of Christendom as a whole with both secular and spiritual leaders fighting for control over ecclesiastical possessions. It affected the position and the role of the prelates.

The primary focus will be on the Church province of Dalmatia, namely: the archdiocese of Zadar (Archidioecesis Iadrensis), the archdiocese of Split (Archidioecesis Spalatensis), the archdiocese of Dubrovnik (Dioecesis Ragusiensis) and their suffragans. Additional dioceses will be looked at due to their position of constant communication with the aforementioned. In the Church province of Hungary, the focus will be on the diocese of Zagreb (Dioecesis Zagrabiensis), suffragan of the archdiocese of Kalocsa (Archidioecesis Colocensis). Accordingly, the aspect of the position of the regional dioceses in the context of fourteenth-century Christianity will be analyzed more specifically. I will focus on the three main archdioceses and depending on the sources the research will expand to include the smaller dioceses.

My dissertation will deal with the church history of this region from 1290 until 1420. This historical scope forms a contained period in which clear beginnings and endings of the various processes, most notably the rise and fall of the new dynasty on the Hungarian throne, the Angevins from Naples, can be observed. During their rule the mentioned region gained in prominence, since the aforementioned dioceses were lying on the important route between Italy and Hungary where culture, politics and trade were constantly being exchanged.