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Jean-Paul Van der Elst, The Low Countries in Transylvania. The Dutch, the Flemings and the Walloons in the history of Transylvania

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The Low Countries in Transylvania. The Dutch, the Flemings and the Walloons in the history of Transylvania

The Transylvanian Saxons have always been described as Germans living in Siebenbürgen (until 1918 part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). They were supposed to have come to Transylvania (terra ultra silvam, land beyond the woods) in the twelfth century after an appeal by King Geysa II. The question “Where did they come from?” was usually answered with “from the Rhine-Moselle area”. The aim of this study is not to show that they were not Germans, but to prove that not all of them came from present-day Germany.
Keywords: history of Transylvania, origins of the Saxons, linguistic influences, Low German and High German dialects,
settlers from the Low Countries

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