By Mary Fischer

This is the 1st English translation of the 'Chronicle of Prussia', which was once written by way of Nicolaus von Jeroschin, in heart German verse, through the interval from 1330 to 1341. it's a background of the Teutonic Knights, encompassing the interval among the basis of the order, in 1190, and 1331. The translator's creation units the paintings in its old and cultural context.

The textual content used to be written on the instigation of the Grand grasp of the Teutonic Order, to make an account of the ethos and historical past of the order's conquest of Prussia on hand 'to all German people'. Its function was once to remind the order's knight brothers and its supporters of its origins and previous achievements, yet notably it was once meant to set up the legitimacy of Prussia as a locus for crusades, atmosphere the scene for the order's 'golden age' within the moment 1/2 the fourteenth century.

The chronicle's content material is split into 3 sections: it opens with an outline of the founding of the order in Acre. There follows a discourse at the nature of non secular and earthly war, which echoes the ideology of crusading struggle first articulated by way of Bernhard of Clairvaux in his treatise De laude novae militiae. the ultimate, longest, part recounts the wars of the Teutonic Knights opposed to the Prussians and Lithuanians from 1230 until eventually the narrative breaks off without warning in 1331.

The chronicle is the most old resource rfile for the interval it covers and was once extensively disseminated through the fourteenth and 15th centuries. it's also an attractive and energetic account of battle and colonisation at the japanese frontier of Latin Christianity.

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