Teutonic Knights (Book published February 1, 2003)


Book Details

Author  William Urban
Publisher  Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal
Publication Date   February 1, 2003
ISBN  1853675350
Pages  288

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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. A major new history of this military order that defines the lives, deeds and actions of medieval German crusaders—covers 500 years of European history.

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