Capturing the Muhu fort

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26. January 1227

Already in 1226, major preparations for the campaign to Saaremaa began. It was decided, that on January 20, 1227, the army will meet in the river mouth of Pärnu River, from where it would go to Muhumaa.

This was the largest army in the history of the Baltic Crusade, including people from Riga, the Brotherhood, Livonians, Latgalians and Estonians from all mainland counties. Across the glassy ice, the army reached Muhumaa in 9 days, and started to siege the fort.

Siege tower was build, both sides bombarded each other with paterells. On February 3, six days after the siege had begun, a fierce assault was launched along the slippery slopes of the fort and eventually, the attackers succeeded in gaining entry. They looted the fort, set it on fire and massacred the defenders.

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

Image source: http://www.hot.ee/arheoloogmust/muhu_linnus_03.jpg  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/et/thumb/b/b6/Muhu_maalinn_1.jpg/340px-Muhu_maalinn_1.jpg


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