The Teutonic Knights: a military history

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Greenhill, 2003 - History - 290 pages
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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 year-after-year struggle to maintain power, fend off incursions and raiding bands, and launch crusades against unbelieving foes.

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User Review  - Jihrke - Goodreads

I applaud the author's knowledge of this period. His comments on the period in general and the Battle of Tannenberg in particular are interesting and insightful, however, like many military history ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew Davis - Goodreads

Very well balanced. Presents Teutonic Knights within wider perspective of their goals and historical surroundings in the Eastern Europe. Covers a lot of material within a small volume. It does require ... Read full review


The Foundation of the Teutonic Order
War in the Holy Land
The War against Paganism in Prussia

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William Urban is the Lee L. Morgan Professor of History at Monmouth College, Illinois, USA. He is the author of numerous works, including the highly acclaimed The Teutonic Knights and Medieval Mercenaries.

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