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The Teutonic Knights Is An Epic Of Medieval Times And National Destiny, Ranking As One Of The Highest Achievements From The Pen Of Henryk Sienkiewicz, The Nobel Prize Winner For Literature In The Novel Follows The Adventures Of Macko, A Resourceful And Wise Veteran Of War, And His Young Nephew, Zbyszko, The Symbol Of A Maturing Nation, As They Struggle, Along With The Unified Peoples Of Poland And Lithuania, Against The Oppressive Religious Military Order, The Teutonic Knights Among The Many Memorable Characters Are Jurand, A Merciless, Bitter Fighter Consumed With Revenge His Daughter, The Innocent Danusia, A Girl Of Twelve Who Must Face The Barbarity Of The German Knighthood The Strong Willed Jagienka, Equally Adept At Shooting A Crossbow Or Administering An Estate Hlawa, A Czech Squire Of Noble Birth Who Is As Quick With His Wit As He Is With His Axe Sanderus, A Peddler Of Religious Relics And Indulgences Whose Earthly Cravings Seem Greater Than Any Spiritual Needs A Host Of Other Memorable Characters Fills The Canvas Set Against Lush, Almost Magical Forests, Dangerous Marshes Replete With Tales Of Human Heads Walking On Spider Legs, Winter Blizzards That Blanket The World In A White Wonderland All At Once Beautiful And Foreboding Splendid Castles Are Described Here, Court Hunts, Single Combats That Test Valor And Strength The Customs Of Knights With Their Code Of Honor And Feelings Of Love Are Adroitly Explored The Entirety Culminates In One Of The Most Important Battles In Medieval History, The Battle Of Grunwald The Teutonic Knights Was Published In America In In Various Competing Translations Of Erratic Quality Not Until Did A Translation Worthy Of This Masterpiece Appear, But Unfortunately Its Release Was Limited To Great Britain It Is This Translation That Has Been Revised And Edited By Miroslaw Lipinski With An Eye For Both Fluidity In The English Language And Fidelity To The Original Polish Read onlineThe Teutonic Knights was the official name of the military order located in the northern part of Poland The Knights of the Cross is a direct translation of polish word Krzyzacy a nickname used by Poles because the knights of this order wore black crosses on their armor.readtbr busting 2012online AND paperfinished skimming this via paperback 16 4 2012 It was chewy.2.5 Once recovered from this I may have a tilt at this With Fire and SwordETA have found the film instead The Knights of the Cross you are looking for a historical novel, probably the best choice is the Polish journalist and Noble prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz Born in the Russian ruled Poland in the middle of the 19th century, Sienkiewicz wrote most of his historical novels set during the Polish Republic or Commonwealth What can be noted about him is his negative portrayal of the German knights of the cross This idea is most evident in the historical novel The Knights of the Cross.The Knights of the Cross is set in the 14th century and it depicts the clash between the Poland kingdom, one of the most powerful kingdoms at that time, and the German knights of the cross The conversion to Christianity is at its peak and most of the nations in Europe are already baptized The German knights of the cross and the Polish kingdom struggle for influence in the Christian world Through the story of a common knight, the Polish Zbishko and his uncle Machko, Sienkiewicz condemns the avarice, hypocrisy, and corruption of the German monks The latter use God to justify their cruel and selfish actions, aimed not to baptize the European nations, but to increase their power and influence Hidden behind Christianity as an excuse, the German knights of the cross subordinate the nations through murders, executions, and wars Sienkiewicz, as a Polish citizen, is of course subjective, but he amazes the reader with his extensive historical knowledge and understanding.Read The Teutonic Knights is one of my least favourite works by Henryk Sienkiewicz the author of a great Trilogy about the wars in that took place in the mid 17th century in Poland as well of Quo Vadis a remarkable book about the Christian persecution at Rome at the time of Nero The problem might be that there is a great deal source material for the author to have drawn on for the other two historical periods than is the case for the era of the Teutonic Knights Sienkiewicz s descriptions of the political struggles of the time period in which the Teutonic Knights is set are half hearted and desultory He simply chooses to demonize the Germans As a devote Catholic he avoids the issue of why on earth the Pope allowed the Teutonic Knights to continue their depredations after the Eastern Baltic converted to Christianity.The Teutonic Knights were a crusading order of Priest Knights founded in 12th Century in Acre which is in modern day Israel In 1230 they moved to East Prussia nominally to Christianize the Prussians Their presence certainly speeded the conversion of the Lithuanians and Poles The Prussians were simply exterminated As the civilian atrocities continued after the conversions and the Popes decided to maintain their charter, the Lithuanians and Poles banded together to put a stop to their depredations With a decisive victory at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410, the Poles and Lithuanians put an end to the expansion of the Teutonic Knights as their attacks on Polish and Lithuanian settlements.The German settlers that the Knights brought to their territory took the name of the extinct Prussians Their state would survive and would lead the drive towards German unification in the 18th and 17th Centuries In 1945, the Russians liquidated East Prussia bringing an end to the state created by the Teutonic Knights.You may be motivated to read the Teutonic Knights either because you love medieval historical novels or because you are Polish You most readers the book will be simply long winded and morose Sienkiewicz s Trilogy has many moments of humour In particular, the first volume, With Fire and Sword has the gaiety of an Alexandre Dumas novel However, wit and comedy is entirely absent from the Teutonic Knights with the exception of one delightful passage where a relics peddler arrives selling rungs from Jacob s ladder Without the Dumas gaiety is gone, the Teutonic Knights becomes a very mean spirited Ivanhoe Sienkiewicz appears to have been written the Teutonic Knights in reaction to Germany s 19th Century Kulturkampf in which it attempted to suppress the Polish language and Catholic institutions in its Eastern territories A modern reader might sympathize with Sienkiewicz s outrage but still the tone is unpleasant for a North American reader living in the 21st Century What is clear is that after the horrific events of World War II in which Poland lost one sixth of its population, anti German feelings ran high amongst the Poles assuring that the Teutonic Knights would enjoy great popularity in Poland throughout the second half of the twentieth century This novel certainly tells you about Post WWII Poland, than it does about the 15th Century that is set it.