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Battle of Lake Peipus 1242, Part 5

The Battle of Lake Peipus or ‘The Battle on the Ice’ was fought on 5th April 1242 between a coalition of western crusaders led by the Teutonic Knights against an army from Novgorod, Russia, led by Alexander Nevsky. The conflict was made famous by a Soviet film of 1938 directed by Sergei Eisenstein.
This is the fifth and final part of a set of episodes on the Medieval Baltic and the Northern Crusades

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Battle of Lake Peipus Part 3, Conquest of Livonia 1185-1238

Livonia in the 12th century was threatened by invasion from all sides; Danes, Swedes, Germans, Poles and Russians. Key events in this episode are;
1201 – Founding of Riga (capital of modern day Latvia) by Bishop Albert
1219 – Capture of Tallinn (capital of modern day Estonia) by Denmark in the legendary battle of Lyndanisse
1236 – Defeat of a military order, the Sword Brothers, by a band of Lithuanians at the Battle of Saule

Knights vs Lithuanians