Women & the Baltic Crusades

By Professor Helen Nicholson, published 13th March 2024

The Baltic Crusades were Christianization campaigns undertaken by Catholic Christian military orders and kingdoms, primarily against the pagan Baltic, Finnic and West Slavic peoples around the southern and eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, and also against Orthodox Christian East Slavs.

The most notable campaigns were the Livonian and Prussian crusades.

In this podcast, Emeritus Professor Helen J. Nicholson (Cardiff University), provides a short introduction to the role of women in the Baltic Crusades.

1. Can you provide and introduction to the Baltic Crusades?
2. How did the Baltic Crusade conclude?
3. What role did women play?

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