Religious Tolerance in Early Modern Transylvania

With Elvira Tamus

Thanks to Dracula, Transylvania is often associated with vampires, castles and mountains. However, there is so much more to the history of this East Central European region. Since the Middle Ages, Transylvania had been the home of Hungarians, Szeklers, Saxons and Romanians. By the sixteenth century, it became the melting pot of Roman Catholics, Calvinists, Lutherans, Antitrinitarians, Jews and Orthodox believers. Most importantly, in the age of religious persecutions throughout Europe, Transylvania was a place where communities enjoyed relative religious freedom.

In this workshop, we will explore the various ethnic and religious groups and the culturally diverse princely court of Transylvania. We will explore Early Modern Transylvania as an example of religious tolerance, an idea which is very relevant today.

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