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Alexandru Ciocîltan, Institute of History „Nicolae Iorga”, Bucharest

THE SAXON COMMUNITY IN CÂMPULUNG/LANGENAU (WALLACHIA) ACCORDING TO A STATUS ANIMARUM FROM 1646

Etudes balkaniques (Sofia) 2017 N 3

Abstract: The object of the present study is a status animarum of the Catholic Saxon parish in Câmpulung/Langenau (Wallachia) drafted by the Franciscan rector Francesco Maria Spera da Narni. The document is an appendix to a letter he sent on August 15th 1646 to the cardinals of the Holy Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. The source registered the names of all the parishioners, while the age has been mentioned only for children and widows. The text offers us the possibility to better understand a community with deep Lutheran nostalgia in the age of the Counter-Reformation.      

Keywords: Câmpulung/Langenau, Wallachia, status animarum, Counter-Reformation, Saxons, Catholics, Lutherans, Franciscans, Francesco Maria Spera, 17th century.