Denmark sells its lands to the Teutonic Knights

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1346

After St. George's Night Uprising, Denmark sold its domain in Estonia to the Teutonic Knights, who in 1347, gave Northern Estonia to their branch, the Livonian Order.

Because of this, the Order became clearly the largest landowner in Old-Livonia, and their influence grew vastly. In the XV century, the bishops were able to more or less even the scales: when the Old-Livonian Provincial Assembly started to meet, the archbishop and the Master of the Order held relatively same weight.

The price paid for the domain was 19,000 silver marks. The lands went to the Livonian Order (corresponding areas are marked in beige).

The foremost threat to Old-Livonia was Russia, especially after the borders of the Grand Duchy of Moscow had reached the Narva river. There were several military conflicts, but during the years from 1503-1558 peace held.

Source: A.Mäesalu, T. Lukas, M. Laur, T. Tannberg "Eesti ajalugu I" 1997 "Avita"


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