Ivana Komatina*

Institute of History, Belgrade, Serbia

A Hypothesis about the Origin of Záviš’s Cross

(or about a Lost Serbian Reliquary)

Abstract: The documents testifying to the conflict between Serbian king Stefan Uroš I (1242/1243–1276) and Hungarian king Béla IV (1235–1270) from the 1260s also bring news about the Serbian king’s reliquary that was seized at the time. Following the destiny and specificities of Záviš’s cross, we indicate the possibility of this being the same precious item.

Keywords: Stefan Uroš I, Záviš of Falkenštejn, Béla IV, reliquary, True Cross, treasury