Those Teutonic Knights

An IST History Class.

Just a small diversion from the tedium of being in lock down…we might as well learn something in the process.

One of my newer followers has stated that they like history in all forms….so this post is for Chantel of

Recently I did a post about the Knights Hospitaller…..a group during the crusades that we hear little about these days…..the Knights Templar are everywhere….but please read the post about the Hospitallers for more information…..

I bring this up again because there was another order of knights that we seldom hear about….those would be the Teutonic Knights of Prussia….

A medieval Teutonic Knight was a member of the Catholic military Deutscher Orden or Teutonic Order, officially founded in March 1198 CE. The first mission of the Teutonic knights was to help retake Jerusalem from the Arabs in the Third Crusade (1187-1192 CE), and during this failed attempt they set up a hospital outside Acre during the siege of that city. The hospital was granted the status of an independent military order by the Pope, and the knights never looked back. The Middle East proved to be too difficult to hold onto, but the ambitious order merely switched their focus to converting Christians and grabbing land in central and eastern Europe instead. With their famous black cross on a white tunic, the austere Teutonic knights became master traders and diplomats, carving out vast swathes of territory from their base in Prussia and building castles across Europe from Sicily to Lithuania. 

A few things to help my reader associate with the Teutonic Knights…..

Almost as famous as the Knight Templars and Hospitallers, the Teutonic Knights and their popular imagery of extravagant horned-helmets on steel-clad horsemen have stoked the fascination of many a history aficionado. And though the latter was possibly only used for ceremonial purposes, there is without a shred of doubt a unique historical scope when it comes to the legacy of this medieval military order.

Much of it perhaps has to do with the fact that the Teutonic Order made its military mark in the mysterious lands of north-eastern Europe, as opposed to the renowned Holy Land. It should also be noted that at the same time these ‘knights’ were more successful in establishing a full-fledged, economically viable monastic state (Ordensstaat) than their peer Crusader orders like the Templars and Hospitallers. So without further ado, let us take a gander at ten interesting things you should know about the Teutonic Knights

Teutonic Knights: 10 Things You Should Know About the German Military Order

But for those that are too business to read I have included a couple of videos to make it so much easier……

And the differences in the 3 orders……

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

Class Dismissed!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

2 thoughts on “Those Teutonic Knights

  1. I watched the 1938 Russian film ‘Alexander Nevsky’ when I was only 13. It featured the defeat of the Teutonic Knights during the famous ‘Battle on The Ice’ in 1242.

    Best wishes, Pete.

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