At Tour Croatia, we want you to enjoy your time in Croatia as much as you can. That’s why we’ve produced for you this free eBook: The Early History of Croatia – Stories from the Middle Ages: (7th – 11th century AD). Here’s a brief overview. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Starting in the 7th century AD, this is a brief historical overview of early Croatians, their culture and political development in the Early Medieval period. This is a journey, exploring the influence of the most important rulers and historical events on Croatians and their country.
Centering around the Adriatic, we’ll explore the events around the first Slavic tribes who will later become Croatians as they enter the Ancient Roman world, which was slowly collapsing around them. Here, they started to mingle with the Romans, and, step-by-step, prepared the ground for the emergence of the Croatian Duchy and Kingdom in the 9th and 10th centuries.
Sources on the first king, Tomislav, are rather scarce, although the myths around his coronation and rule over vast territories stretching from the Adriatic sea to Hungary are still very alive among Croatian people today. One of his successors, king Zvonimir, who ruled during the end of the 11th century, was crowned by the papal emissary in Ancient Salona near the Croatian coast. Zvonimir, thus, stirred the development of Croatia towards the Western Catholic Church, which will inevitably shape modern Croatian national identity in years to come. The Kingdom of Croatia, is, today, regarded to have existed from 925 to 1102, after which the first Hungarian king of both Croatia and Hungary was crowned. This was the end of Croatian political independence, arguably, until the late 20th century.