Russians siege Otepää

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In the beginning of the Baltic Crusade in Estonia, Russians continued with their campaigns. In 1210, forces of prince of Novgorod Mstislav Udaloy and his brother, prince of Pihkva, Vladimir, seized the fort of Otepää for eight days. Estonians ran out of food and water, and were forced to plead for peace. Russians were paid 400 pieces or 80 kg of silver, and some Ugaunians were baptized. After that, the Russians left, promising to send their priests to Otepää, who would continue to convert. This never happened.

Image: the fort hill in Otepää

Source: Ain Mäesalu, Tõnis Lukas, Mati Laur, Tõnu Tannberg. Eesti ajalugu I. Avita: Tallinn 1995;

Sulev Vahtre. Muinasaja loojang Eestis. Vabadusvõitlus 1208-1227. Olion: Tallinn 1990

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