The official coat of arms of Lastovo in the Dubrovnik Republic with St. Cosmas and St. Damien, patron saints of Lastovo, and a cartographic display of the island The Statute of Lastovo was codified almost seven hundred years ago to the day, during a public assembly in Lastovo on 10 January 1310. The practice of codifying statutes in Dalmatia was implemented in all of its communes from the 13 century and further on, and in Western Europe the process began only one century earlier.
It primarily meant defining the legal operations and obligations among the people and the overall functioning of the more or less, depending on the area, autonomous commune structure. It also included the involvement of that very area in the process of legal and cultural improvement, which went hand in hand with the European Medieval civilization, and which put an emphasis on the legal structure and protection of every individual. In terms of the Statue of Lastovo and its genesis one should point out that it consists of a series of provisions which had been traditionally implemented on the island of Lastovo and which were drawn up and modified by adding new provisions in 1310 for the purpose of defining the legal structure of the Medieval Lastovo commune under Dubrovnik rule.
The awareness of preserving one’s legal tradition, as well as the written culture and the importance of the written word, have resulted in the fact that, compared to other islands, the largest number of Medieval and Early Modern historical sources have been preserved on the island of Lastovo. The island owes that primarily to the early statutory structure of the commune and the resulting, highly developed notaryship, which records we have been continuously monitoring over the centuries.
Title: 700 YEARS OF THE STATUTE OF LASTOVO
Date of Issue: 8 January 2010
Denominations: 3,5 kn
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