Crusade and Conversion on the Baltic Frontier 1150-1500

December 4, 2020
Crusade and Conversion on the Baltic Frontier 1150-1500

This volume represents a major contribution to the history ofthe Northern Crusades and the Christianization of the Baltic landsin the Middle Ages, from the beginnings of the Catholic mission tothe time of the Reformation. The subjects treated range fromdiscussions of the ideology and practice of crusade and conversion,through studies of the motivation of the crusading countries(Denmark, Sweden and Germany) and the effects of the crusades onthe countries of the eastern Baltic coast (Finland, Estonia,Livonia, Prussia and Lithuania), to analyses of the literature andhistoriography of the crusade. It brings together essays from bothestablished and younger scholars from the western tradition withthose from the modern Baltic countries and Russia, and presents inEnglish some of the fruits of the first decade of historicalscholarship and dialogue after the collapse of the Iron Curtain.The depth of treatment, diversity of approaches, and accompanyingbibliography of publications make this collection a major resourcefor the teaching of the Baltic Crusades.