THE “LABANC” PEOPLE

The so-called “labanc people” were imperial soldiers during the period of the class uprisings of the 17th century. The legend says this name was the outcome of a mocking shout at German soldiers – Lauf Hans! (Run Hans!). As a result, an insulting name for the imperial army, Labanc, came into being. The “labanc people” were members of the king’s army fighting on the side of the Habsburgs. In the course of the 18th century and at the beginning of the 19th century, the meaning of the word widened, which means it did not only relate to the members of the anti-kuruc army, but also to all those who were on the side of the Habsburgs.