by Aleksander Pluskowski (Author)
Publisher: Routledge; 2nd edition
Publication date: June 28, 2022
Paperback: 444 pages
The Archaeology of the Prussian Crusade explores the archaeology and material culture of the crusades against the Prussian tribes in the 13th century, and the following Teutonic Order society that lasted into the 16th century.
It provides an up-to-date synthesis of the material culture of this unique, hybrid society in the south-eastern Baltic region, spanning the full range of archaeological data, from standing buildings to artefacts and ecofacts, integrated with written and artistic sources.
The work is divided into broadly chronological themes, beginning with a historical overview, then exploring the settlements, castles, towns, and landscapes of the Teutonic Order’s theocratic state, the character and tempo of religious transformation, and concluding with the roles of medieval Prussia’s reconstructed and ruined monuments in the modern world, particularly within the context of Polish culture.
This is the first book in any language on the archaeology of medieval Prussia, and is intended as a comprehensive introduction to a period and area of growing interest.
This work represents an important contribution to promoting international knowledge of the Baltic region’s cultural heritage, which has grown rapidly in recent years.