Germans strike a deal with Polotsk

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The Germans offered a peace to Vladimir, and in returned asked that the merchants of Riga could travel freely in Polotsk' dominion on Väina (Latvian Daugava) River. In addition, Polotsk demanded for an annual tribute from the Livonians, which the bishop of Riga could also pay. Germans agreed to this, thus admitting that the Livonians are tax payers to Polotsk. Regardless the high demands, Germans needed the deal to continue their fight against Estonians. The Order and the merchants were especially interested in the deal, bishop Albert had less influence. The Germans, however, did not take the acknowledgment of Polotsk' rule over the Livonians too seriously, and later disregarded it rather lightly.

Image: church in Polotsk

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

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