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1247769.  Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:58 pm Reply with quote

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark made a comparable change to her title upon ascending the throne in 1972. Her father Christian X had ruled as King of Denmark, the Wends, and the Goths, but she adopted the style Queen of Denmark.

The Wends were never one group of people. Rather, it was a general name for any people of Slavic heritage living in otherwise Germanic territory.

Most Slavs in Germanic regions have been more or less assimilated over the last thousand years, much as surnames of Slavic origin are still common in Austria and Eastern Germany.

There are still perhaps 30,000 people in Eastern Germany who speak one of the two Sorbian languages (Dolnoserbski or Lower Sorbian and Hornjoserbšćina or Upper Sorbian), although almost all of these people speak at least two of Czech, German, and Polish as well. Those people are the last of the Wends, although they don't much care for the term.

At no time have the Sorbs been subject to either the Danish or the Swedish sovereign, and not since the Wendish Crusade of 1147 has either Scandinavian sovereign even expressed an interest in that direction.

1247968.  Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:51 am Reply with quote

Which is kind of weird if you consider the Swedish penchant for gherkins and the Sorbs' amazing talent for producing them...

Nom... Spreewälder Gurken!



1248510.  Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:54 am Reply with quote

the worst country in the world for making friends:

That chimes with my experience of living there. Polite, but reserved.


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