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Researchers find clues to the Baltic Crusades in animal bones, horses

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« on: December 16, 2012, 09:52:00 pm »

 I would recommend The Northern Crusades by William Christiansen if you are interested in this history.

Interesting sidelight on history. Old maps of the region when the Hanseatic League was in operation called the area 'Teutonic Knights'. Like it was a country. I do not think this was a crusade, where an army marches off to foreign lands to conquer an enemy and drive it away from old friends they are now rescueing. Rather this area was a conquered neighbor. The folks conquered were NOT friends, and the new rulers acted as rulers and not as crusaders, and they never left, but fractionated into three entities within themselves--Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. As rulers they decreed a state religion and enforced it within its borders, just like German Principalities like Bavaria enforced Catholicism and others embraced the Evangelische (Lutheran) faith.

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