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Bosnia in the Book of All Kingdoms (14th century)

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Flag of Boxina in the Book of All Kingdoms - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 6 January 2010

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Flag of Boxina

The "Book of All Kingdoms" [f0fXX], of 1350, tells the voyages of an anonymous Castilian friar and is illustrated with 113 flag images, referred to (though seldom described) in the text.
The 2005 Spanish illustrated transcription of the "Book" [f0f05] shows for "Boxina" a flag vertically divided yellow-red with a white eight-pointed star in the red part; the flag is shown in the ogival default shape of this source.

According to the description, "Boxina" could be Bosnia, at the time ruled by the Frangopan family. The device shown in the "Book" might be a differentiating device of the same coat of arms as for Slavonia. The author describes the population of that land as "not Catholic Christians"; this does not mean Muslims at the time yet, rather the Patareni Bogomil sect that was widespread in Bosnia before the Ottoman rule.

António Martin & Željko Heimer, 18 March 2001