Lithuania Ascending: A Pagan Empire Within East-Central Europe, 1295-1345
From 1250 to 1795 Lithuania covered a vast area of eastern and central Europe. Until 1387 the country was pagan. How this huge state came to expand, defend itself against western European crusaders and play a conspicuous part in European life are the main subjects of this book. Chapters are devoted to the types of sources used, to the religion of the ancient Balts (and the discovery of a pagan temple in Vilnius in the late 1980s), and to Lithuanian relations and wars with Poland and the Germans. Under Grand Duke Gediminas, Lithuania came to control more of Russia than the prince of Moscow.
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Central and eastern Europe 12901320
An introduction to Lithuanian political and economic history before 1315
The expansion of Lithuania
Political ramifications of the pagan cult
The metropolitanate of Lithuania
Pagans peace and the Pope 132224
The harshest Realpolitik
Aleksandr Algirdas alliance ally Andrei archbishop attack Baltic baptism bishop Bohemia boiars Boleslaw Byzantine Byzantium campaign Casimir Catholic Christendom Christian chronicle Church Constantinople crusaders cult Daumantas Dlugosz Dmitry eastern emperor envoys Fennell Feognost fourteenth century Franciscans friars Galich Galich-Volyn Gediminas Gediminid German Grand Duchy grand duke grand-ducal Hungary ibid istorii Jaunutis Jogaila John of Bohemia John XXII Kestutis Kiev king Knights Kraków lands Letopis letter Lettovian Lietuvos Lithuanian Lithuanian princes Liubartas Livonia LMADA Łokietek marriage Mazovia medieval merchants metropolitan military Mindaugas Moscow Muscovite Narimantas Novgorod Novgorodian Novgorodok Orthodox pagan papal Paszkiewicz patriarch peace Pétr Poland Polish political Polotsk Pope Prussia Pskov Pskovites PSRL Riga Rigan Rowell rulers Rus'ian Semigallia Smolensk sources south-west Rus St Petersburg Stryjkowski Tatars Teutonic Order thirteenth century trade Traidenis treaty Tver Vasily Vilnius Vladimir VMPL Volyn Vytautas Vytenis Warsaw western Žemaitija
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