The Oeselians under Tallinn

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April 1221

Inspired by their success in Lihula, Oeselians sailed to Tallinn and begun to siege the fort. They were joined by Revalians, Harriens and Vironians.

Battles lasted for 14 days, Danes made several unsuccessful charge attempts and Estonians were unable to set the fort on fire.

Appearance of three ships to Tallinn's bay was the decisive point: Oeselians believed those to be the army of Danish king himself and they decided to stop the siege and return to home.

This was followed by cruel revenge of the Danes to the mainland Estonians: resisting elders were captured and hanged, the tax burden of the Estonians was doubled and tripled.

Source: Sulev Vahtre. Muinasaja loojang Eestis: vabadusvõitlus 1208-1227. Tallinn: Olion. 1990
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.                                                                                                   

Image source: A. Mäesalu, T. Lukas, M. Laur, T. Tannberg. Eesti ajalugu I, Avita 1997 lk 60


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