Carlsberg Fellowship 9: The Return of the King

By Stefan Pajung & Mihkel Mäesalu It is well-known that the Danish king Valdemar Atterdag sold Estonia to the Teutonic Order in 1346. But did he ever have plans to reclaim Estonia afterwards? When Danish historian William Mollerup wrote his book on Denmark’s relationship with Livonia in 1880, he categorically denied that such plans existed,…

Carlsberg fellowship 5: The Curious Case of the Swapping Bishops

By Stefan Pajung & Mihkel Mäesalu As a historian, it is fascinating to see, how certain subjects attract a lot of attention, are revisited again and again and new interpretations of them are formulated – while other subjects remain unexplained, obscure or only of interest to a small group of individuals. Over the last decade…

Carlsberg Fellowship 2: did the Teutonic Order possess lands in Medieval Denmark?

Authors: Mihkel Mäesalu and Stefan Pajung, Carlsberg fellowship grantees. Historical research works in peculiar ways. Sometimes historians discover new facts, but choose not to give significance to them and so these facts can remain unknown to the wider circle of history enthusiasts. This is the case with the possessions of the Teutonic Order in Medieval…