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A List Of Ransom For Ottoman Captives Imprisoned In Croatian Castles (1492)

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During the course of the fifteenth century, lists of ransoms must have been made by the hundred, few of them surviving long enough to be cherished as informative historical sources. Most of them disappeared and this is only partly attributable to the Ottoman occupation of the southern areas and to the ensuing demise of medieval cultural treasures including written records. The main reason for that was that such lists, together with private correspondence and financial accounts, were called to life by everyday needs. This chapter presents the 1492 list of ransom for Ottoman captives imprisoned in Croatian castles. The list enumerates the ransoms paid for Ottoman prisoners held captive and capable of redeeming themselves in three fortresses along the river Una: Bihács, Ripács and Szokol. The lucky circumstances of its survival can be easily reconstructed.

Keywords: Croatian castles; medieval cultural treasures; Ottoman captives; Ottoman occupation; Ottoman prisoners; ransom



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