First edition of this appeal to Pope Adrian VI written from Split in the aftermath of the capture of Belgrade by Suleiman I in August 1521. "Our towns and villages are in flames," he writes, "the crops ruined...our churches have been turned into stables for the Turkish horse...the whole of Illyria will be overrun, and the way now lies open for the invasion of Germany and Italy." Known as the “Father of Croatian Literature”, Marko Marulić (1450-1524) was born at Split of a patrician family. His friend and biographer Francesco Natale (Bozicevic) said he lived a solitary life, dedicated to philosophical studies and ascetic meditation. In his youth he had been a disciple (1469-71) of Tideo Acciarini, who taught the humanities at Split; he seems to have pursued these studies at Padua. About 1510 he retired for two years to the monastery of St Peter at Necujam on the island of Solta, returning to his native city to spend there the last days of his life. He wrote a great deal of verse and prose, both in Croatian and in Latin, mostly on religious subjects. His Croatian writings include “Iudit” (Venice, 1521), a biblical poem, and lives of saints and sacre rappresentazioni in verse and prose.