IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1043: Remembering the Crusades: The Legacy of the Baltic Crusades in the Late Middle Ages

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:University of Tartu / Universität Hamburg
Organiser:Anti Selart, Institute of History & Archaeology, University of Tartu
Moderator/Chair:Torben Kjersgaard Nielsen, Institut for Kultur og Globale Studier, Aalborg Universitet
Paper 1043-aThe Baltic Crusades as lieu de mémoire in 15th-Century Prussia
(Language: English)
Sebastian Kubon, Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1043-bPoliticisation of the Remembrance of the Crusades in Late Medieval Livonia
(Language: English)
Mihkel Mäesalu, Institute of History & Archeology, University of Tartu
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1043-cHistory and Its Uses: The Presence of the Baltic Crusades in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Kristjan Kaljusaar, Institute of History & Archaeology, University of Tartu
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

13th-century crusades were the creation act of medieval Prussia and Livonia. The papers present how the Baltic crusading history was used in legal texts and chronicles of the following centuries. In Livonia conflicting archbishops and the Teutonic Order both created their own understanding of the early crusading period, so that two conflicting traditions of memory emerged. In Prussia the correspondence of the Teutonic Grand Masters repeatedly resorted to arguments from the period of the conquest of the territory. Besides the utilitarian remembrance as a reservoir of legal arguments, the crusading past also shaped here the general picture of the past and contextualization of the place of Livonia and Prussia in the universal historical development.