Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

A Nemet Lovagrend Alkonya

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

A Nemet Lovagrend Alkonya

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FONT, MARTA. A nemet lovagrend alkonya [Twilight of the Order of the German Knights]. (Pecs: Egyctemi Nyomda [University Press]. 1997. Pp. 150.)

This book is a revised version of a work completed in 1989. The author has taken into consideration the results of recent research focused on her subject, as evidenced by the bibliography at the end of the volume. In the introduction, the author defines her topic: the battle of July 15, 1410, fought between Grunwald and Tannenberg (Stebark) by the troops of the Polish-led coalition with the German Knights. Font explains that contemporaries had referred to this engagement as conflictus magnus, the outcome of which-the knights had suffered considerable casualties-must have appeared as sensational to them, even though the participants were hardly important personages, and the battle itself did not alter the course of European history.

The battle between the Polish coalition and the Knights must have focused on several diplomatic concepts that led to war, and it brought to a standstill the dynamic development of the state of the German Knights-, it made it possible for the Poles to make inroads into the Order's territory, though it was only in 1464, in the Second Treaty of Thorn [Torun], that the Grandmaster of the Order had submitted to the Polish Crown. …

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