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This major new book surveys the gripping history of the knights and their Order and relates their rise to power; their struggles against Prussian pagans; the series of wars against Poland and Lithuania; the clash with Alexander Nevsky’s Russia; and the gradual stagnation of the order in the fourteenth century. The book is replete with dramatic episodes - such as the battle on frozen Lake Peipus in 1242, or the disaster of Tannenberg - but focuses primarily on the knights’ struggle to maintain power, fend off incursions and raiding bands and to launch crusades against unbelieving foes. And it was the crusade which chiefly characterized and breathed life into this Holy Order.
William Urban’s narrative charts the rise and fall of the Order and, in an accessible and engaging style, throws light on a band of knights whose deeds and motives have long been misunderstood.
“Written in accessible style, this narrative history of the Knights of the Teutonic Order sheds light on medieval politics and on the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the military of the time. Appendices profile major figures in the history of the Teutonic Order up to 1525.”
1 the Military Orders 1
2 the Foundation Ofthe Teutonic Order 9
3 war In The Holy Land 23
4 the Transylvanian Experiment 31
5 the War Against Paganism In Prussia 41
6 the Crusade In Livonia 79
7 territorial Rivalries With Poland 109
8 the Lithuanian Challenge 153
9 the Conversion Of Lithuania 179
10 the Battle Of Tannenberg 195
11 the Long Decline And The End In The Baltic 221
12 the End In Livonia 250
13 summary 275
Appendix A Major Figures In The History Of The Teutonic Order 279
Appendixb Thegrandmastersto.1525 280
Posted February 12, 2014
Excellent, objective and sweeping history of the Order. An absolute must-read for those interested in the Middle Ages, the Crusades or Eastern European history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2004
Very depictive of the orders entire existance. A great new modern telling of the Knights activities with a very neutral position held the whole time. Great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2010
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