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Wends
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During the Middle Ages, the West Slavic tribes behind the original eastern boundary of Germany living between the Baltic and Upper Franconia along the Elbe and Salle, Havel, and Spree, and as far as the Main became known collectively as the Wends. The name comes from the name of the Veneti, an Illyrian tribe. It also served as a name for the Slovenes, especially the Slovene minorities in Austrian territories. Evangelism of the Wends proved uncommonly difficult. The Great Slav Risi…

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Hauptmann, Peter, “Wends”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_224162>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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