The Battle of Žalgiris (Battle of Zielone Pole), July 15, 1410

Jogaila (Władysław II Jagiełło), Jan Žižka, and the Lipka Tatars defeat the  earnest, murderous Schwertbrüderorden, setting a limit to the advance of the German seriousness which has endured until the present day. The 600th anniversary of this battle is rapidly approaching, and you should all begin making your preparations for its commemoration now.

Published in: on January 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Technically they defeated the Orden der Brüder vom Deutschen Haus St. Mariens in Jerusalem, which had absorbed the Schwertbrüderorden long before, but “Schwertbrüderorden” sounds more sinister.

  2. Now wait a minute. I’m all partied out from the 800th anniversary of the opening of the Albigensian Crusade (a phrase which contains a really astounding number of vowels). Plus, this decade, I’ve got to work in the Balkan Wars, Napoleon’s last hurrah, the Great War, the Wars of the Austrian Sucession… oh, geez, I forgot the Danish conquest, and uh, that business with Prince Hal, and I’m pretty sure those Mongol guys were warming up in there somewhere…sigh… I forgot the Reformation.

    Oh, this is going to be a really tiring and tiresome decade, isn’t it? And me with no decent party dresses. Well, maybe they’ll have lots of finger food.

    [‘Boys, listen up: those damn Rooskies are tryin’ to out-anniversary us again…’]

  3. Žižka… now, where have I heard that name before…

  4. The Czechs gave us the howitzer and the pistol, according to the OED, and Hus invented the haček (called the háček by the Czechs). They weren’t one-dimensional religious goody-goodies.

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