The Scaligerite historians suggest a reading of 1291, where M = one thousand, CC = two hundred, XCI = 91, while the combination D.N.I, is today considered to be the abbreviation of DOMINI. At the same time, the inscription can be read as follows:

i.e."Year two hundred ninety-one from the accession of the Great House". The question is as follows: what date does this inscription correspond to, according to the contemporary calendar? The answer depends on which Great House was meant: if it were e.g. the dynasty of Habsburgs (Nov-Gorod?) at the end of the XIII - beginning of the XVI century, then this would be the fifteenth or even the sixteenth century. If some other mediaeval Reigning House was implied, the date shall be somewhat different.

Let us take another look at the tombstone of Rudolf Habsburg, q.v. in fig. 6.96 and fig. 6.97. Take notice of the way the name of Habsburg is written -the carved stone reads either Habasburg or Nabasburg. The first letter looks a lot like N. We have earlier come up with the idea that the name of Habsburg was derived from the name Novy Gorod (New City), which is confirmed by the inscription on Rudolf s gravestone since Burg is "city", and Nabas obviously "new". The old gravestone is probably conveying to us this

Fig. 6.96. The gravestone of king Rudolf Habsburg who had allegedly died in 1291. See [14081, page 17, or [1407], page 13.



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