The Baltic Crusades were a series of military campaigns commencing in 1147 and ending in 1505, targeting the pagans living in the Baltic region.  

Join me as we take a look at one of the lesser-known series of crusades...

  1. Northern Europe in 814
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    Episode 190 The Baltic Crusades

    The Wendish Crusade I - Henry the Lion

     

    Here is a statue which is thought to represent the Duke of Saxony - Henry the Lion.  Located in Braunschweig Cathedral in Germany.

  3. Episode 191 The Baltic Crusades

    The Wendish Crusade II - Wrong bird!

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    Episode 192 The Baltic Crusades

    The Wendish Crusade III - In the shadow of the Crusade

     

     

    This bleak painting is by 19th century German artist Caspar David Friedrich.  He was raised on the shores of the Baltic Sea and I think it nicely depicts the difficulty of establishing churches in pagan lands prior to the Baltic Crusades 

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    Episode 193 The Baltic Crusades

    The Teutonic Knights

     

    Here is a picture of a man wearing the habit of the Teutonic Order (from the Codex Manesse)

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    Episode 194 The Baltic Crusades

    The Christianisation of Poland.

     

    Here is a nice portrait of Mieszko I of Poland - unfortunately it may not be terribly accurate as it was painted (by Jan Matejko) around 900 years after his death.

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    Episode 195 The Baltic Crusade

    The Livonian Crusade I - Latin-Christian expansion.

     

    Here is an aerial view of the old town of Lübeck, established prior to the Livonian Crusade.

  8. Episode 196 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade II - An unpromising start.

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    Episode 197 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade III - Bishop Albert

     

    Here's a statue of Bishop Albert on the facade of the Cathedral in Riga, Latvia.

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    Episode 198 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade IV - The Swordbrothers

     

    Here is a picture of a Teutonic Knight and a Swordbrother.  The Swordbrother is on the right, striking a superhero pose.

  11. Episode 199 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade V - The Christian Pageant

  12. Episode 200 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade VI - Polotsk

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    Episode 201 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade VII - Livonian uprising

     

    Here is a picture of the town of Polotsk (capital city of the Russian Principality of Polotsk) during the 16th century.

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    Episode Episode 202 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade VIII - External threats

     

    Here is coin minted during the reign of the all-conquering King Valdemar II of Denmark - featuring a picture of the man himself.

  15. Episode 203 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade IX - 'Life is not fair.  Praise God'

  16. Episode 204 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade X - Headaches for Bishop Albert

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    Episode 205 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade XI - Attacking the neighbours.

     

    Here is a picture of Otto IV of Saxony, shaking hands with Pope Innocent III.  Otto is the child-like figure in the middle of the picture.

  18. Episode 206 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade XII - Livonia under attack

  19. Episode 207 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade XIII - The Estonian problem

  20. Episode 208 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade XIV - 1212-1215

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    Episode 209 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade XV - The Fourth Lateran Council

     

    The Fourth Lateran Council was held at the Lateran Palace in Rome in November 1215.  Here is a depiction of how the palace would have appeared in 1215.

  22. Episode 210 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade XVI - Two Alberts

  23. Episode 211 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade XVII - The Danish Checkmate

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    Episode 212 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade XVIII - The Danish conquest of Estonia

     

    When King Waldemar II of Denmark attacked the fort at Reval, Estonia in 1219, he built a Danish castle on the site.  Today, Reval is called Tallinn and is the capital of Estonia.  Toompea Castle now occupies the site where the original fort once stood.

  25. Episode 213 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade IXX - Danish ascendancy

  26. Episode 214 The Baltic Crusades

    The Livonian Crusade XX - 1221-1222