Sunday, July 20, 2008
August, 1399. Vytautas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, marches against Timur Kutlug, the Khan of the Golden Horde. He meets the Khan at the River Vorskla and demands that homage and tribute be paid to him. The Khan agrees at first, but during the negotiations new Tartar forces, led by Edyga, come to Timur Kutlug. The Lithuanian and Tartar forces go into battle, the Tartars crush the Lithuanian army on August 12, and devastate a large territory as far as Kiev and Lutsk.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The name Marienburg was given to many towns in German-speaking countries in the Middle Ages.
The name usually originated in the construction of a fortified (hence -burg) chapel, church, or monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In this book Marienburg refers to Malbork and Malbork Castle, the large brick castle built by the Teutonic Knights.