List Of Northern Crusades Battles

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List of every major Northern Crusades battle, including photos, images, or maps of the most famous Northern Crusades battles when available. While it is not a comprehensive list of all skirmishes, conflicts, or battles that took place in the Northern Crusades, we have tried to include as many military events and actions as possible. All the battles on this Northern Crusades list are currently listed alphabetically, but if you want to find a specific battle you can search for it by using the "search". Information about these Northern Crusades battles are included below as well, such as their specific locations and who was involved in the fight.

This list is made up of many different battles, including Battle of the Ice and Battle of Lyndanisse.
Battle of Aizkraukle

The Battle of Aizkraukle or Ascheraden was a battle fought on March 5, 1279 between the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, led by Traidenis, and the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Order near Aizkraukle in present-day Latvia. The Order suffered a great defeat: 71 knights, including the Grand Master Ernst von Rassburg, and Eilart Hoberg, leader of the knights from Danish Estonia, were killed. It was the second-largest defeat of the Order in the 13th century. After this battle Duke Nameisis of the Semigallians recognized Traidenis as his suzerain. ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Aizkraukle, Latvia

Part of: Northern Crusades

Combatants: Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Battle of Karuse

The Battle of Karuse or Battle on the Ice was fought on February 16, 1270 between the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Livonian Order on the frozen Baltic Sea between the Island of Muhu and the mainland. The Lithuanians achieved a decisive victory. The battle, named after the village of Karuse, was the fifth-largest defeat of the Livonian or Teutonic Orders in the 13th century. Almost all that is known about the battle comes from the Livonian Rhymed Chronicle, which devoted 192 lines to describe the battle. ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Baltic Sea

Part of: Northern Crusades

Combatants: Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Battle of Krücken

The Battle of Krücken was a medieval battle fought in 1249 during the Prussian Crusades between the Teutonic Knights and Prussians, one of the Baltic tribes. In terms of knights killed, it was the fourth largest defeat of the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century. Marshal Heinrich Botel gathered men from Kulm, Elbing, and Balga for an expeditionary attack deeper into Prussia. They traveled into the lands of Natangians and pillaged the region. On their way back they were in turn attacked by an army of Natangians. The Knights retreated to the nearby village of Krücken south of Kreuzburg, where Prussians hesitated to attack. The Prussian army was growing as fresh troops arrived from more distant ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia

Part of: Northern Crusades

Combatants: Old Prussians, Teutonic Knights

Battle of Lihula

Battle of Lihula was fought between invading Swedes and Estonians for the control of a castle in Lihula, Estonia in 1220. The exact date remains uncertain, though some historians suggest that the battle took place on August 8. The event is described in the Chronicle of Henry of Livonia and the Livonian Rhymed Chronicle. Swedish troops, initially led by King John, had earlier in 1220 invaded the western coast of Estonia, an area not yet conquered by the Teutonic Knights. The Swedish army took the Lihula stronghold and set up a small garrison. Swedish jarl Charles the Deaf and bishop Karl Magnusson of Linköping, both from the powerful House of Bjelbo, also remained in the castle. On August 8, ...more on Wikipedia

Locations: Lihula, Estonia

Part of: Northern Crusades

Combatants: Sweden