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Post St Adalbert and the Early Balto-Slavs
Created by John Eipper on 10/11/21 3:51 AM

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St Adalbert and the Early Balto-Slavs (Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 10/11/21 3:51 am)

JE wrote, "St Wojciech/Adalbert was martyred by the nasty Baltic Prussians as he tried to evangelize them..."

"Nasty" Baltic Prussians? Hmm. I think they would not have liked to be characterized like that.

And in case anyone is confused, the Prussians referred to were not a Germanic people--they were Balto-Slavs, cousins of the Lithuanians and Latvians. They were conquered by the Teutonic Knights and then wiped out or assimilated by German settlers who colonized the Baltic coast in the late Middle Ages. Their language lives on in the hydronyms and place names of the Northeastern parts of what is now Germany, and indeed in many of the family names of that part of the world, although the language itself is unattested and lost. There is, however, an ongoing attempt at a speculative reconstruction.

JE comments:  My apologies to the early Balto-Slavs.  Nothing personal against them...I was just feeling sorry for poor St Adalbert!


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