Event Stories

  • Ships that have sunk in Estonian waters, and their stories

    Ships sinking into the sea waves have been witnessed here for centuries. Sailers, cargo ships, warships and passenger ships fighting the last battles for the lives of their crews sunk especially often both in the Gulf of Finland and in the Baltic Sea during the First World War, the War of … Continue reading

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  • The Livonian War (1558-1583)

    The Livonian war was a conflict that was launched with the invasion of the army of Ivan the Terrible into Livonia in January 1558. The confrontation that had started off as the Russian-Livonian war soon expanded when the Old Livona collapsed and was divided between Denmark, Sweden and … Continue reading

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  • The coadjutor conflict in Livonia (1556-1557)

    The last civil war in Livonia broke out in 1556, when the archbishop of Riga, Wilhelm (see image), tried to appoint the brother of Mecklenburg's duke as his coadjutor, even though about 10 years earlier it had been agreed that it was prohibited to appoint a coadjutor without the consent of other … Continue reading

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  • The rise and the fall the Brotherhood of the Sword

    The Brotherhood of the Sword, officially The Militia of Christ, was the strongest military power in the XIII century Livonia. The Order was able to guarantee the subordination of the local people: in 1206, the Livonians were defeated. In 1208, the Order allied themselves with the Latgalians, an … Continue reading

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