On 20 November 2017, in the Bogdan Ogrizović Library, the Croatian Heraldic and Vexillological Association organized, as part of its Tribune, a book promotion by Stjepan Ćosić »Ideology of Genealogy. Korjenić-Neorić Armorial of 1595«
Docent Dr. Tomislav Galović introduced the book followed by a lecture by the author.
With his monograph issued by the History Sciences Institute of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Dubrovnik and the National and University Library (NSK) in Zagreb, the author deciphers the emergance of the so called Illyrian Heraldry, based on new archival sources and the Korjenić-Neorić Armorial.
The Korjenić-Neorić Armorial, today preserved in the NSK is a name used for a collection of coats of arms dated in 1595, being the oldest preserved copy of the lost original armorial book of Petar Ohmučević. Th armorial was produced for the use of the Korjenić-Neorić family, originating from Hum, with later branches in Dalmatia. It is an important source for heraldic research of wider regions of the Southern Slavic lands.
This topic was covered by a number of papers throughout of the Balkans, often with dubious or romantic interpretations. Just as well, the armorial was used to numerous individuals to falsify their own devised coat of arms. Ćosić proves in this excellent book that it is actually a story from Dubrovnik.
The book contains an analysis of emergence of the first armorials and genealogies and follows the development of the Illyrian heraldry, until the modern adaptations in the 18th and 19th century. Finally, in the appendix the book provides copy of the Korjenić-Neorić Armorial of 1595. It is an exceptionally well written and richly illustrated monograph, that may serve both as genealogical and heraldic source as well as a soruce for a wider historical and modern research of social identity in the south-east of Europe.