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Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (2): Baltic Stone Castles 1184-1560 (Fortress)
 
 

Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (2): Baltic Stone Castles 1184-1560 (Fortress) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Turnbull , Peter Dennis
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"David Nicolle's "Teutonic Knight 1190-1561" offers unusual in-depth detail on one of the most famous Crusading Orders in history, which undertook campaigns in the Baltic against pagan Prussians and Christian Poles. Details include not only extensive historic notes but plenty of detail on military and religious sentiments and organizations of the times." -"The California Bookwatch ("January 2008)

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"David Nicolle's "Teutonic Knight 1190-1561" offers unusual in-depth detail on one of the most famous Crusading Orders in history, which undertook campaigns in the Baltic against pagan Prussians and Christian Poles. Details include not only extensive historic notes but plenty of detail on military and religious sentiments and organizations of the times." -"The California Bookwatch ("January 2008)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 21559 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J7Q0HK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (2): 25 Nov 2013
By Trajan
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Another good intro to the Castles of the Teutonic knights in Latvia and Estonia (second in the series) Excellent line drawings by Peter Dennis recommended.
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This is the second volume on Teutonic castles and this one focuses on the stone castles in Latvia and Estonia, as opposed to the brick castles of Prussia.

It shares the same qualities, the same limitations and the same format as the previous volume. The plates, pictures and maps provide good support to the narrative and descriptions, even if the text accompanying them tends to duplicate parts of the main text, which is a pity and a waste of rare and valuable space.

The inherent size limit of the book prevents the author from presenting the full history of the Sword brothers and Teutonic Knights in Latvia and Estonia and, anyway, this is simply NOT the purpose of this volume or of its companion (volume 1 on the castles in Prussia). Accordingly, do not expect a detailed history of both Orders over the period. However, this book is about the stone castles in these regions, and their timber predecessors, the multiple key roles they played and how they allowed the Sword brothers and then the Teutonic Order to dominate the region for so long, despite being outnumbered.

One of the originalities of this book, when compared to the other volume, is to show that, in many ways, it is the
Sword brothers who sketched out the strategy and the type of warfare that the Teutonic Order would developed over the next three centuries after having absorbed their defeated predecessors. This included the strategic positioning of the castles, their military roles in securing the Order's territory and as bases for its own expeditions, their roles as convents and hospitals, and their economic and administrative roles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History of an area that is not usually covered 29 Jun 2004
By Margaret A. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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This book takes up were the first book on "Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights" left off, moving from Prussia to Latvia and Estonia and moving along the time line from 1185-1560.

The author covers the history of Latvia and Estonia (Livonia) in regards to the time leading up to the Teutonic Knights and their castle networks and then covers the Knights, their Crusades and control in that area. The conversion of the local people by the 'Brethern of the Sword' is examined and how they became absorbed by the Teutonic Knights. The history of these countries is well covered from the system of fortresses and how it helped them control the area to why the area was of interest to the Knights and the Church. The research is in depth, giving some very good accounts of the time.

Again, the illustrations stand out as enabling the reader to clearly visualize the castles, the maps give outstanding historical reference to the geography of the time and the pictures of the castles in the present day included by the author present a very well rounded view of the importance of these fortresses in the campaigns of the Teutonic Knights, and how they enabled these Knights to implement their control over the lives of the peoples of Livonia.

For those with interests in the Teutonic Knights, their means and methods of crusading and a good overall history of the Castles of this area, this is an excellent primer, easy to read, very detailed, well illustrated and a good reference tool. medievalcrusadesbabe
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overview of the history of the Teutonic Knights in the Latvia/Estonia region 14 May 2006
By Richard J. Brzostek - Published on Amazon.com
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"Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (2): The Stone Castles of Latvia and Estonia 1185-1560" by Stephen Trunbull is the companion volume to his work on the Teutonic castles in Prussia. Each volume deals neatly with its own geographic region and history, so it is not exactly a sequel, but this book definitely is recommended to those that are looking for more history on the Teutonic Order. The history of the Teutonic Knights in the Latvia/Estonia region was noticeably different from Prussia. The Teutonic Knights actually moved into and took over the castles established by another religious crusader order called the Swordbrothers.

I did not find this book to be as easy to read as some of Turnbull's other books, making it a slower read having to consult a dictionary more often. It may be a good starting point to learn about the castles of the Teutonic Knights in Latvia and Estonia, beside the fact of it being one of the few books available on the topic, but it may take a bit more dedication and effort than most introductory books. The color illustrations by Peter Dennis are exceptional and bring to life what these magnificent castles looked like in their prime. However, I do think it would have been helpful if more of the illustrations and floor plans of the castles were located on the same or opposite page so a side-by-side comparison may be done, preventing flipping though the whole book trying to make a match. Overall, "Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (2)" will provide you with a nice overview of the history of the castles and people who made and fought in them, as well as let you have a good idea of what they looked like with the photos and illustrations.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Osprey's best 23 Oct 2007
By J. Brewster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was disappointed with the first volume so I delayed before reading the second. It was an error. This was a much more enjoyable to read and seems to have more content. Whereas I felt the Prussian volume skimped on all but the architecture and the organization because anything else was proper only to another series like the Campaigns, this volume tells you much more about the history, and the story of these castles is fascinating. You won't find much written about Baltic history and Turnbull is a great story teller. I only wish it was twice the length. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second in the series 12 July 2006
By EquesNiger - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the follow-up to Turnbull's equally strong work on the Teutonic Knights and their castles in Prussia. The book nicely covers the history of the coming of Christianity to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and the resultant need of an armed force to protect the clergy. The cut away drawings of a Convent Castle, Riga Castle and a Gun Tower are excellent. My only gripe is that this book, easily, could have been incorporated into the first volume. It only has 60 pages of real informational content.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good overview of Teutonic Castles, this time in Latvia and Estonia 11 Jun 2013
By JPS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the second volume on Teutonic castles and this one focuses on the stone castles in Latvia and Estonia, as opposed to the brick castles of Prussia.

It shares the same qualities, the same limitations and the same format as the previous volume. The plates, pictures and maps provide good support to the narrative and descriptions, even if the text accompanying them tends to duplicate parts of the main text, which is a pity and a waste of rare and valuable space.

The inherent size limit of the book prevents the author from presenting the full history of the Sword brothers and Teutonic Knights in Latvia and Estonia and, anyway, this is simply NOT the purpose of this volume or of its companion (volume 1 on the castles in Prussia). Accordingly, do not expect a detailed history of both Orders over the period. However, this book is about the stone castles in these regions, and their timber predecessors, the multiple key roles they played and how they allowed the Sword brothers and then the Teutonic Order to dominate the region for so long, despite being outnumbered.

One of the originalities of this book, when compared to the other volume, is to show that, in many ways, it is the
Sword brothers who sketched out the strategy and the type of warfare that the Teutonic Order would developed over the next three centuries after having absorbed their defeated predecessors. This included the strategic positioning of the castles, their military roles in securing the Order's territory and as bases for its own expeditions, their roles as convents and hospitals, and their economic and administrative roles. An additional feature is to show, just as in the previous volume, the crucial role that these castles played in conjunction with Crusader armies which periodically reinforced the Order's manpower.

Another similarity is the combination of plates, pictures, plans and reconstructions of a large sample of castles, illustrating the main types that can be found across the Order's most northern dominions. This is also completed by a gazette at the end of the volume briefly summarizing the main features of some 21 castles which are mentioned in the book.

Finally, and because the Order retained control over its possessions in Latvia and Estonia longer than it did in Prussia, this volume is also original for showing how a number of these fortresses were modified and modernized to accommodate and adapt to gunpowder warfare in the 15th and 16th century. A solid four stars.
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