The Northern Crusades   -     By: Eric Christiansen
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The Northern Crusades

Penguin Putnam Inc. / 1998 / Paperback

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Inspired by the Pope's call for a Holy War, Scandinavian rulers and German military monks conquered and settled Finland, Estonia and Prussia, before turning on the eastern empires of Orthodox Novgorod and pagan Lithuania. These 'Northern Crusades' are less celebrated than those in the Middle East, but they were also far more successful. Vast new territories became and remain Christian, while the central institutions of medieval Western Europe - churches, castles, manors, guilds, parliaments and feudal law codes - were introduced into a dark and inhospitable outer world. Now newly revised in the light of the recent developments in Baltic and Northern medieval research, this overview provides a balanced and compelling account of a tumultuous era.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 7.77 X 5.12 X 0.78 (inches)
ISBN: 0140266534
ISBN-13: 9780140266535
UPC: 051488016007
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Editorial Reviews

"The verve and vigour of Eric Christiansen's study illuminates developments vital in the early history of Eastern Europe and brings to life a story that had epic dimensions"
—Maurice Keen

"For a one-volume history of the Northern Crusades, the reader has but one choice; this is it"
—William Urban in the American Historical Review

"A fine study of the Baltic conquest"
—Hans Eberhard Meyer in the English Historical Reivew

"Independent, erudite, lucid and witty … a narrative that never flags"
—Christpher Tyerman

"A fascinating and elegant book"
—Geoffrey Wheatcroft in the London Review of Books

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