The significance of Szilágysomlyó to our topic is given by the fact that in the second half of the 16th century it was the family estate of the Roman Catholic Báthory family, who gave princes and voivodes to Transylvania. It was only in the early 17th century that the Báthorys could begin to strengthen the position of the Catholic denomination, even on their Somlyó family estate, which was already a mixed-religion region. At the same time, the support which the 17th-century Reformed princes of Transylvania lent to the Reformed Church in the region reflects a very conscious church policy, see primarily the principality of Gábor Bethlen and the selection of the Reformed deans of Szilágy (Sălaj). It must be noted that the majority of the clergy in early modern Szilágyság did not receive training in Nagyenyed but presumably in Nagyvárad (Oradea) and - after 1660 - verifiably in Debrecen, where, following a public debate and examination, they were ordained as ministers. Their education, spirituality, and thinking thus bind them here, to the two early modern citadels of Puritanism.