The Russians besiege Tallinn for the second time

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23. January 1577

In January 1577 the large Russian troops arrived to Tallinn with the aim to finally conquer it. But even this time no major damage could be done to the city, although the surrounding of the city was thoroughly plundered, including Pirita cloister was destroyed. In March when the Russian commander having led the siege, got killed, the Russians packed their military camp and left the city.

The troop consisting of Tallinn's handicraftsmen was also a major disappointment for the Russians, which was led by Ivo Schenkenberg and which became famous of several plunges to the rear of the enemy. Regardless of failure under Tallinn the Russians could conquer the major part of Latvia this summer and autumn, they reached even Riga. But at the same time Ivan the Terrible had a serious conflict with his "vassal king" Magnus who decided to go over to the side of the Polish.

Mati Laur. Eesti ajalugu varasel uusajal 1550-1800. Tallinn: Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus, 1999.


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