View Full Version : Catholic churches and liturgy in mid-15th-century Transylvania

Mark Moore
06-26-2014, 05:39 AM
Okay, this is a really specific topic that I can't find any answers on. I'm writing a screenplay for a Castlevania fan film set in Transylvania in 1450. While there are few scenes set in the local town's church, I'd like to be able to show the heroine's baptism as an infant, so I'll need to know the words and procedure used in that place and time.

Also, there's a funeral scene. While I could have it be silent (with just background music playing) for emotional impact, it'd be nice to know what the priest would be saying in that situation if I choose to add it.

I assume the Bible in use would be St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate translation (please correct me if I'm wrong), but what form would a Bible of that time period take (this being the very year that Gutenberg ushered in printing in the West)?

Maybe I could have a short scene during a Mass - or include some kind of chanting for ambience (the Castlevania games themselves sometimes make use of "Kyrie [eleison]"). Any suggestions?

This is over a century before (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Tridentine_Mass) Pope Pius V's standardization (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tridentine_Mass) of the liturgy, and apparently there were a wide variety of liturgical rites in use outside Rome before 1570.

06-26-2014, 01:51 PM
Would they be Catholic or Orthodox?

06-26-2014, 04:04 PM
They might be Catholic or maybe Eeastern Orthodox. It appears to depend on class.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Transylvania#As_part_of_the_Kingdom_of_ Hungary

Mark Moore
06-26-2014, 06:37 PM
Would they be Catholic or Orthodox?

The Belmonts are Catholic. This isn't made clear in the earlier games. However:

The translation of the storyline for the game that I'm using as the basis for my fan film ("Castlevania Legends" in the U.S.) has a longer storyline that didn't entirely make it in to the U.S. manual. In it, it's indicated Sonia Belmont is the daughter of aristocrats and lives in a mansion. From what I've read, in historical Transylvania, Catholics owned land, and Orthodox Christians were relegated to serfdom.

In "Castlevania: Lament of Innocence" (the earliest-occurring game in the series), Leon Belmont is a baron and fought in the Crusades, which I think definitively makes him Catholic (please correct me if I'm wrong).

The Japanese story for what in the U.S. is called "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse" has some unfortunate nonsense where both the "East Orthodox Church" and the Pope are mentioned - as if they're linked. I've ignored that, chalking it up to ignorance on the part of the Japanese writer(s).