The rise and fall of the Sabbatarian movement in Transylvania is one of the most intriguing chapters in the religious history of this province.

Lately I have been reading large chunks of a book by I. Keul (Early Modern Religious Communities in East-Central Europe: Ethnic Diversity, Denominational Plurality, and Corporative Politics in the Principality of Transylvania, 1526-1691 [Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions 143], Leiden, Brill, 2009) and I found a few interesting footnotes about the measures taken by the Calvinist ruling princes in the 17th century against this movement, which was a cross between (vaguely) Christian and (predominantly) Jewish beliefs.

The Sabbatarians were subject to persecution, though the official policies devised against them were not consistently enforced.

Below are some snippets of information about the inquests made by the secular authorities into the villages of Transylvania.