Croatian Nobility Association – Split Chapter and the History Students Organization “Toma Arhiđakon” – ISHA Split organized on the occasion of the Croatian Diplomacy Day (/ June) a lecture on emergence, use and symbolic of the oldest Croatian land arms (by Mate Božić) with introductory lecture on activities of the Croatian Nobility Association (chairman of the Split Chapter – Nikša pl. Kuščić). The lecture was held in the Faculty of Philosophy in the vicinity of the Peristyle of the Diocletian’s Palace in Split.
The lecture on the oldest Croatian land arms was based on the study made in co-authorship with Stjepan Ćosić issued in the cultural journal “Gordogan” in 2017. The topic was presented to teh zagreb audiance in early 2018 on the occasion of the journal promotion, and again on 9 May 2018 in split as part of the annual history popularization festival Kliofest.
The Croatian Nobility Association (HPZ, Collegium Nobilium Croaticum) is a society of descendants of Croatian nobility, established in 1995. One of the founders and its first president was renowned scientist Nikola pl. Cindro. The HPZ has its seat in Zagreb, and chapters in Split, Zadar, Osijek, Opatija and abroad. Nikša pl. Kuščić, chairman of its Split Chapter, presented the activities and goals of the HPZ from its establishment until today, including the new issue of its journal “Glasnik HPZ”, issued in 2018, being a kind of a nobility chronicle in Croatia.
The audience expressed particular interest for various issues regarding the HPZ, like current number of members, families gathered in teh association, modes of financing, links with foreign nobility associations within the European organization (CILANE), as well as publicly controversial topics shuch as issues of Dojmi de Lupis family from Vis. Namely, recently its members living in United Kingdom selfproclaimed themselves as descendants and inheritors of ancient Croatian noble magnates of „Zrinski“, „Šubić“ and „Frankopana“… Mr. Kuščić epxlained, among others, that the members of the family were expelled from the Association due to false impersonating.
The lecture by Mate Božić on Croatian land arms followed. He highlighted that the study published with prof. Ćosić represent the first all-encompassing attempt to presed heraldic development of the oldest Croatian land arms. The audience was presented with detailed answers to frequently asked questions, previously never systematically answered, on symbolic and historical background of the Croatian chqeuy arms, the “precedence” of the red7white first cheque, significance of “leopard” (i.e. lion) heads in the Dalmatian arms, sudden appearance of marted in the Slavonian arms at the end of teh 15th century, the medieval Croatian-Dalmatian roots of the hand holding a sword (sabre) which we know today often as the “Bosnian arms”. Finally, the co-authors announced preparation of a separate monograph on Croatian land arms from the mid-13th to the end of the 16th century, including the “coat of arms of Illyria”.