Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the battle, led by orders such as the Teutonic Knights and supported by the popes, to convert pagans in what became known as the Baltic Crusades
In a program very first broadcast in 2016, Melvyn Bragg and guests talk about the Baltic Crusades, the name given to a series of overlapping efforts to transform the pagans of North East Europe to Christianity at the point of the sword. From the 12 th Century, Papal Bulls endorsed those who fought on the side of the Church, the finest understood now being the Teutonic Order which, prevented in Jerusalem, established a state on the edge of the Baltic, in Prussia. Some of the peoples in the region disappeared, either eliminated or assimilated, and the effects for European history were profound.
Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading
Fellow of St Catharine’s College and Reader in European History at the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge
Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education, and Culture
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