Law codex of Vinodol
Law Codex of Vinodol or Vinodol statute (Croatian: Vinodolski zakonik) is one of the oldest law texts written in the Croatian language and is among the oldest Slavic codes. It was written in the Glagolitic alphabet. It was compiled in 1288 by a commission of 42 members in Novi Vinodolski located in what is now Croatia.
A paragraph was set to define the relation between the dukes and the peasantry of the region. It is the oldest among all Croatian city statutes, which represented an agreement between the people of Vinodol and their new liege lords, the Princes of Krk. It contains important information about the feudal law in this area which had replaced the tribal customs of an earlier period. The Vinodol Statute provide a rare contemporary picture of the life and political conditions in medieval Europe. The oldest regulations concerning public health in western Croatia are preserved within the Vinodol Statute. Today, it is stored in the National and University Library Zagreb.
The Vinodol Statute confirms status of Vinodol, as an administrative and political centre from the 13th century. The text was preserved as a rewrite from the 16th century.
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