• Ecology of Crusading

  • Ecology of Crusading

  • Ecology of Crusading

Project Overview

The Ecology of Crusading: The Environmental Impact of Conquest, Colonisation and Religious Conversion in the Medieval Baltic was a multi-disciplinary research programme with inter-disciplinary objectives, running from 2010-2014, funded by the European Research Council (within the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 263735). It was preceded by a series of pilot studies supported by the University of Reading, the Society of Antiquaries, the Society for Medieval Archaeology and local institutional funds.

Our results were published in two books:

Pluskowski, A. G. 2019. Environment, Colonization and the Baltic Crusader States. Turnhout: Brepols. 

Pluskowski, A. G. 2019. Ecologies of Crusading, Colonization and Religious Conversion in the Medieval Baltic. Turnhout: Brepols.

We have also published a large number of papers. The key ones are listed under the individual themed headings, but a general overview can be found here:

Pluskowski, A. G., Brown, A., Banerjea, R., Makowiecki, D., Seetah, K., Rannamäe, E., Jarzebowski, M., Kreem, J., and Klavins, K. 2019. ‘From the convent to the commandery: The pivotal role of the environment in the functioning of the Teutonic Order’s convents in the medieval eastern Baltic’. Quellen und Studien zur Geschichte des Deutschen Ordens 81: 55-87.

Further background: Holy War in the North