The Northern Crusades

The Northern Crusades

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By (author) Eric Christiansen

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140266534
  • ISBN 13: 9780140266535
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd Second Edition, Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 92,752

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The 'Northern Crusades', inspired by the Pope's call for a Holy War, are less celebrated than those in the Middle East, but they were also more successful: vast new territories became and remain Christian, such as Finland, Estonia and Prussia. Newly revised in the light of the recent developments in Baltic and Northern medieval research, this authoritative overview provides a balanced and compelling account of a tumultuous era.

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ERIC CHRISTIANSEN, a fellow of New College, Oxford, works mainly on Northern history in the Middle Ages. He has lectured in London, Copenhagen and Florida, and is the author of The Origins of Military Power in Spain. He lives in Oxford.

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"The verve and vigour of Eric Christiansen's study illuminates developments vital in the early history of Eastern Europe and brings to life a story that had epic dimensions" Maurice Keen"For a one-volume history of the Northern Crusades, the reader has but one choice; this is it" William Urban in the American Historical Review"A fine study of the Baltic conquest" Hans Eberhard Meyer in the English Historical Reivew"Independent, erudite, lucid and witty a narrative that never flags" Christpher Tyerman"A fascinating and elegant book" Geoffrey Wheatcroft in the London Review of Books"

Table of contents

List of Maps Acknowledgments Chronological Table Northern Rulers Spelling of Names Introduction 1. North-East Europe on the Eve of the Crusades Land and Sea Peoples Interactions 2. The Wendish Crusade in Theory and Practice, 1147-1185 The Crusade of 1147 Supporters and Chroniclers The Slav Wars of Henry the Lion and Valdemar the Great 3. The Armed Monks: Ideology and Efficiency Varieties of Monastic Knighthood, 1128-1237 The Monastic War-Machine, 1225-1309 4. The Conquest of the East Baltic Lands, 1200-1292 Livonia Prussia Estonia Finland 5. The Theocratic Experiment, 1200-1273 Popes and Leagues The Battle for the Convert The War on the Schismatics 6. The Lithuanian Crusade, 1283-1410 The Roads to Collision, 1203-1309 The Morality and Recruitment of the Crusade Wars and Politics, 1304-1409 Strategy and Tactics 7. The Crusade Against Novgorod, 1295-1378 The Debatable Lands The Making of a Russo-Swedish Frontier, 1295-1326 The Crusades of King Magnus 8. The Crusading States of North-East Europe Systems of Government Conditions of Men Civilizations 9. The Withering of the Crusade, 1409-1525 Tannenberg and After, 1409-14 Confrontations at Constance, 1414-18 The Survival and Extinction of the Order in Prussia, 1418-1525 Livonia and the Russians, 1400-1562 Conclusion Further Reading References to Sources Index