History UsefulNotes / TheTeutonicKnights

12th May '16 10:44:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Teutonic Knights appear in the ''VideoGame/RedAlert3Paradox'' mod as part of the Order of the Talon along with the KnightsTemplar and TheKnightsHospitallers, and specifically are represented by the Chevalier unit. In the Paradox timeline, the Teutonic Knights were virtually extinct until Talon heroine Lady Maria revived them as an AmazonBrigade comprised of her handpicked students.

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* The Teutonic Knights appear in the ''VideoGame/RedAlert3Paradox'' mod as part of the Order of the Talon along with the KnightsTemplar UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar and TheKnightsHospitallers, and specifically are represented by the Chevalier unit. In the Paradox timeline, the Teutonic Knights were virtually extinct until Talon heroine Lady Maria revived them as an AmazonBrigade comprised of her handpicked students.
12th May '16 9:29:09 AM Morgenthaler
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The ''Deutsche Orden'' (Latin, ''Ordo domus Sanctæ Mariæ Theutonicorum Hierosolymitanorum'' (OT) or the "Order of the House of St. Mary of the Germans in Jerusalem") is a Roman Catholic and monastic religious order, more commonly known as "'''The Teutonic Knights'''." They are considered to be the ancestor for the popular set of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_virtues virtues]] known as ''GermanicEfficiency''. Traditionally founded ''c.'' 1190 A.D. by merchants from Bremen and Lübeck in Acre as a hospital service for Germans in the Holy Land, by 1198 it imitated the older crusading orders, the [[TheKnightsHospitallers Hospitallers]] and [[TheKnightsTemplar Templars]], in acquiring knightly brothers whose original mission was to protect pilgrims, but who soon expanded their activities to include military actions against Muslim enemies of the Crusading states. Like the Templars, whose rule they substantially adopted, they wore as their habit a white mantle with a cross, but a black rather than a red one. (It would be some time before the form was standardized into the ''Tatzenkreuz'' or "Cross patée" version borne today;)

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The ''Deutsche Orden'' (Latin, ''Ordo domus Sanctæ Mariæ Theutonicorum Hierosolymitanorum'' (OT) or the "Order of the House of St. Mary of the Germans in Jerusalem") is a Roman Catholic and monastic religious order, more commonly known as "'''The Teutonic Knights'''." They are considered to be the ancestor for the popular set of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_virtues virtues]] known as ''GermanicEfficiency''. Traditionally founded ''c.'' 1190 A.D. by merchants from Bremen and Lübeck in Acre as a hospital service for Germans in the Holy Land, by 1198 it imitated the older crusading orders, the [[TheKnightsHospitallers [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsHospitallers Hospitallers]] and [[TheKnightsTemplar [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Templars]], in acquiring knightly brothers whose original mission was to protect pilgrims, but who soon expanded their activities to include military actions against Muslim enemies of the Crusading states. Like the Templars, whose rule they substantially adopted, they wore as their habit a white mantle with a cross, but a black rather than a red one. (It would be some time before the form was standardized into the ''Tatzenkreuz'' or "Cross patée" version borne today;)
27th Jan '16 4:24:37 AM Morgenthaler
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->''Throughout the history of the ''Deutschritter'' the [[GermanicEfficiency German genius]] is very evident, [[DichterAndDenker romantic idealism]] implemented with [[KnightTemplar utter ruthlessness]].''
-->--Desmond Seward, ''[[WarriorMonk The Monks of War]]''

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->''Throughout the history of the ''Deutschritter'' the [[GermanicEfficiency German genius]] genius is very evident, [[DichterAndDenker romantic idealism]] idealism implemented with [[KnightTemplar utter ruthlessness]].ruthlessness.''
-->--Desmond Seward, ''[[WarriorMonk The ''The Monks of War]]''
War''
29th Oct '15 5:45:59 PM Theriocephalus
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After the decline of the Crusader States in [[TheHighMiddleAges the early thirteenth century]], they sought other fields of operation. Under the most important of the early Grand Masters ''Hochmeister'', literally "High Master"), Hermann von Salza (1209-1239), a [[TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Thuringian]] knight who was a favorite of both [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Gregory IX]] and of the [[HolyRomanEmpire Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II]], the Order expanded first into the so-called ''Burzenland'' of Transylvania, and then, after their expulsion therefrom by the King of Hungary, into the Baltic area at the request of Conrad, Duke of Masovia, to crusade against the heathen ''Pruzzi'' (a people speaking a now-extinct language related to Lithuanian and Latvian) -- after Hermann had carefully made sure that all lands conquered by the Order were to be administered by it. This was the foundation of the so-called ''Ordensstaat'' (or "Order-state"). After the fall of Acre in 1291, the Grand Masters moved their residence first to Venice, and then in 1309 to the Marienburg (now ''Malbork'' in Poland).

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After the decline of the Crusader States in [[TheHighMiddleAges the early thirteenth century]], they sought other fields of operation. Under the most important of the early Grand Masters ''Hochmeister'', ''Hochmeister'' ( literally "High Master"), Master") Hermann von Salza (1209-1239), a [[TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Thuringian]] knight who was a favorite of both [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Gregory IX]] and of the [[HolyRomanEmpire Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II]], the Order expanded first into the so-called ''Burzenland'' of Transylvania, and then, after their expulsion therefrom by the King of Hungary, into the Baltic area at the request of Conrad, Duke of Masovia, to crusade against the heathen ''Pruzzi'' (a people speaking a now-extinct language related to Lithuanian and Latvian) -- after Hermann had carefully made sure that all lands conquered by the Order were to be administered by it. This was the foundation of the so-called ''Ordensstaat'' (or "Order-state"). After the fall of Acre in 1291, the Grand Masters moved their residence first to Venice, and then in 1309 to the Marienburg (now ''Malbork'' in Poland).



As the various Pruzzi tribes were conquered, the Order settled the land with German colonists, developing a powerful and sophisticated civilization outside the borders of the HolyRomanEmpire (though at least at first under nominal suzerainty of the Emperor), which was controlled wholly by the representative of the Order in each particular territory -- the ''Landmeister'') and gradually integrating the natives into it. After the conquest of Prussia had been completed, the Order expanded eastward, throughout [[TheLateMiddleAges the 14th and 15th centuries]] -- or at least tried to.

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As the various Pruzzi tribes were conquered, the Order settled the land with German colonists, developing a powerful and sophisticated civilization outside the borders of the HolyRomanEmpire (though at least at first under nominal suzerainty of the Emperor), which was controlled wholly by the representative of the Order in each particular territory -- the (the ''Landmeister'') and gradually integrating the natives into it. After the conquest of Prussia had been completed, the Order expanded eastward, throughout [[TheLateMiddleAges the 14th and 15th centuries]] -- or at least tried to.
17th Oct '15 7:09:06 PM nombretomado
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After the decline of the Crusader States in [[TheHighMiddleAges the early thirteenth century]], they sought other fields of operation. Under the most important of the early Grand Masters ''Hochmeister'', literally "High Master"), Hermann von Salza (1209-1239), a [[TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Thuringian]] knight who was a favorite of both [[ThePope Pope Gregory IX]] and of the [[HolyRomanEmpire Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II]], the Order expanded first into the so-called ''Burzenland'' of Transylvania, and then, after their expulsion therefrom by the King of Hungary, into the Baltic area at the request of Conrad, Duke of Masovia, to crusade against the heathen ''Pruzzi'' (a people speaking a now-extinct language related to Lithuanian and Latvian) -- after Hermann had carefully made sure that all lands conquered by the Order were to be administered by it. This was the foundation of the so-called ''Ordensstaat'' (or "Order-state"). After the fall of Acre in 1291, the Grand Masters moved their residence first to Venice, and then in 1309 to the Marienburg (now ''Malbork'' in Poland).

The Livonian Brothers of the Sword were an originally unrelated crusading group, but were eventually absorbed into the Teutonic Knights as the Livonian Order. Consequently this article (like many others) tends to lump them in together, but an important distinction is that the Livonian Order ruled the northern territory of Latvia-Estonia, whereas the Teutonic Knights controlled East and West Prussia -- conquering Lithuania would have united the two. ThePope turned the Knights' attention to fighting not just the pagan Lithuanians, but also the Russian "schismatics" (hence their appearance as [[{{Expy}} stand-ins]] for the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] in Creator/SergeiEisenstein's ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'').

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After the decline of the Crusader States in [[TheHighMiddleAges the early thirteenth century]], they sought other fields of operation. Under the most important of the early Grand Masters ''Hochmeister'', literally "High Master"), Hermann von Salza (1209-1239), a [[TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Thuringian]] knight who was a favorite of both [[ThePope [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Gregory IX]] and of the [[HolyRomanEmpire Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II]], the Order expanded first into the so-called ''Burzenland'' of Transylvania, and then, after their expulsion therefrom by the King of Hungary, into the Baltic area at the request of Conrad, Duke of Masovia, to crusade against the heathen ''Pruzzi'' (a people speaking a now-extinct language related to Lithuanian and Latvian) -- after Hermann had carefully made sure that all lands conquered by the Order were to be administered by it. This was the foundation of the so-called ''Ordensstaat'' (or "Order-state"). After the fall of Acre in 1291, the Grand Masters moved their residence first to Venice, and then in 1309 to the Marienburg (now ''Malbork'' in Poland).

The Livonian Brothers of the Sword were an originally unrelated crusading group, but were eventually absorbed into the Teutonic Knights as the Livonian Order. Consequently this article (like many others) tends to lump them in together, but an important distinction is that the Livonian Order ruled the northern territory of Latvia-Estonia, whereas the Teutonic Knights controlled East and West Prussia -- conquering Lithuania would have united the two. ThePope UsefulNotes/ThePope turned the Knights' attention to fighting not just the pagan Lithuanians, but also the Russian "schismatics" (hence their appearance as [[{{Expy}} stand-ins]] for the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] in Creator/SergeiEisenstein's ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'').
14th Oct '15 4:06:25 PM StFan
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* Thurim in ''ComicBook/RequiemChevalierVampire'' used to be one, though he was already evil then. He accidentally caused them to lose the Battle of the Ice by using an overpowered artifact which broke through the ice (his comrades praying as they sank).

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* Thurim in ''ComicBook/RequiemChevalierVampire'' ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'' used to be one, though he was already evil then. He accidentally caused them to lose the Battle of the Ice by using an overpowered artifact which broke through the ice (his comrades praying as they sank).
4th Oct '15 12:04:03 AM LordGro
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* This Russian [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3ExQkVFGJw&feature=rec-LGOUT-exp_stronger_r2-2r-7-HM TV commercial]], re-imagining the Battle of Lake Peipus.

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* This Russian [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3ExQkVFGJw&feature=rec-LGOUT-exp_stronger_r2-2r-7-HM com/watch?v=9G55OaF3XHk TV commercial]], re-imagining the Battle of Lake Peipus.
4th Aug '15 1:51:41 PM phoenix
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!!Tropes Associated With The Teutonic Knights

* BadAss
** BadassArmy: Mostly played straight; membership of several [[LeeroyJenkins reckless idiots]] and [[DirtyCoward cowardly allies]] led to a few exceptions, and their most crushing defeats. However, they were one of the greatest epitomes of a [[MasterOfAll combined-arms force]], mixing the raw power of Western heavy troops with discipline not seen since the [[TheGloryThatWasRome Principate]].
** BadassBookworm: Overlaps with GeniusBruiser. Every single Brother Knight was expected to know how to read and write.
** BadassGrandpa: Some of their leaders would be in their 50s or 60s; due to training, physical condition, and discipline, they would still kick plenty of ass.
* BigBadassBattleSequence: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Grunwald Battle of Grunwald (a.k.a. Battle of Tannenberg)]] in 1410, in which the Teutonic Knights were defeated by the allied Poles and Lithuanians, was one of the largest battles of the European Middle Ages.
* ChurchMilitant: Among the trope codifiers.
* EliteArmy: Overlaps with BadassArmy. Due to their TrainingFromHell, observance of TheSpartanWay, [[ArmorOfInvincibility advanced armour of mail and later heavy plate]], [[AbsurdCuttingPower exceedingly well-made and large swords]], and extremely high failure rate for applicants, the full members of the Order were possibly [[BadAss the most potent and skilled soldiers in the world at that time]]; the sergeants and half-brothers were no slouches either, famed for their prowess and discipline. Even their mercenaries were highly regulated for skill. However, as time went on, several cowards and reckless fools began to put a dent into their reputation; and the feudal levies and militias they had to call on were, well, {{Mooks}}, causing this trope to be played with.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Almost everywhere east of the [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Oder/Odra]] river they're known as some variety of ''the Cross-Bearers'', i. e. "Crusaders".
* {{Expy}}: As explained above, they are frequently used, after Eisenstein, as [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis By Another Name]].
** NoSwastikas: They are partially responsible for Eisenkreuz, the substitution.
* FacelessGoons: Like most later knights, they had concealing headgear, used to invoke SpikesOfVillainy by Eisenstein.
* FalseFriend: The nations opposing the Knights tend to remember them as such. Theirs' and the Knights' versions of the same deals not matching each other and stuff.
* FeudalOverlord: Of course.
* GeniusBruiser: Shared with the other crusading orders. The Hospitallers' hat was medicine; the Templars' was banking; their specialty was ruling a large amount of people who did not want to be ruled and dominating Baltic/German trade.
* GermanicEfficiency: often seen as the Grandfather of Prussian virtues.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Or not. (Generally more of a TinTyrant.)
* KnightTemplar: Possibly a better example than the trope namer.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Nazis stole some of their imagery, such as a stark black-and-white cross, leading to OlderThanTheyThink. Eisenstein also put their foot-soldiers in rather UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-looking helmets.
* TheSoundOfMartialMusic: After the mastership of the Knights became a Habsburg preserve, one of its most senior regiments (Infantry Regiment No. 4) traditionally had the master as its colonel-in-chief and was thus named the ''Hoch- und Deutschmeister'' (famous particularly for its band). The name was later continued to be used for tradition's sake by various formations of the two Austrian republics (and the Wehrmacht) to this day. Moreover, the very last secular ''Hochmeister'' of the ''Deutscher Orden'', Archduke Eugen von Österreich-Teschen, was a field marshal of the Royal-and-Imperial army
** During the reign of Wilhelm II, there were some attempts to revive the traditions of the Teutonic Knights in Prussia, leading to the formation of the ''Deutsch-Ordens-Infanterie-Regiment'' Nr. 152 in 1897 and the field artillery regiments ''Groß-Komtur'' (Nr. 71) and ''Hochmeister'' (Nr. 72) in 1899.
* TheSpartanWay: Observed with anybody who wanted to have at least partial membership or affiliation with their order. You want to join in? Get ready for physical training on par with that of the [[NavySeals US Navy Seals]], as well as a strict, high-protein diet and six or more hours a day spent on drilling in [[OneManArmy individual]], [[LightningBruiser mounted]], and formation combat.
* TrainingFromHell: See [[TheSpartanWay The Spartan Way]]. Even a half-brother or sergeant could look forward for daily, brutal training in discipline, skill, and physicality. Anyone who wanted to be a full-blown knight suffered worse.
** Justified; as far as they could comprehend, they were in hell already, what with brutal winters, terrain of all kinds, unruly subjects, and many powerful enemies such as the [[BadassNative Lithuanians]], [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong Russians from Kiev and Novgorod]], and [[FalseFriend the Poles]].
* WarriorMonk: A rare western example.

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!!Tropes Associated With The Teutonic Knights

* BadAss
** BadassArmy: Mostly played straight; membership of several [[LeeroyJenkins reckless idiots]] and [[DirtyCoward cowardly allies]] led to a few exceptions, and their most crushing defeats. However, they were one of the greatest epitomes of a [[MasterOfAll combined-arms force]], mixing the raw power of Western heavy troops with discipline not seen since the [[TheGloryThatWasRome Principate]].
** BadassBookworm: Overlaps with GeniusBruiser. Every single Brother Knight was expected to know how to read and write.
** BadassGrandpa: Some of their leaders would be
%%!!Tropes as portrayed in their 50s or 60s; due to training, physical condition, and discipline, they would still kick plenty of ass.
* BigBadassBattleSequence: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Grunwald Battle of Grunwald (a.k.a. Battle of Tannenberg)]] in 1410, in which the Teutonic Knights were defeated by the allied Poles and Lithuanians, was one of the largest battles of the European Middle Ages.
* ChurchMilitant: Among the trope codifiers.
* EliteArmy: Overlaps with BadassArmy. Due to their TrainingFromHell, observance of TheSpartanWay, [[ArmorOfInvincibility advanced armour of mail and later heavy plate]], [[AbsurdCuttingPower exceedingly well-made and large swords]], and extremely high failure rate for applicants, the full members of the Order were possibly [[BadAss the most potent and skilled soldiers in the world at that time]]; the sergeants and half-brothers were no slouches either, famed for their prowess and discipline. Even their mercenaries were highly regulated for skill. However, as time went on, several cowards and reckless fools began to put a dent into their reputation; and the feudal levies and militias they had to call on were, well, {{Mooks}}, causing this trope to be played with.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Almost everywhere east of the [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Oder/Odra]] river they're known as some variety of ''the Cross-Bearers'', i. e. "Crusaders".
* {{Expy}}: As explained above, they are frequently used, after Eisenstein, as [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis By Another Name]].
** NoSwastikas: They are partially responsible for Eisenkreuz, the substitution.
* FacelessGoons: Like most later knights, they had concealing headgear, used to invoke SpikesOfVillainy by Eisenstein.
* FalseFriend: The nations opposing the Knights tend to remember them as such. Theirs' and the Knights' versions of the same deals not matching each other and stuff.
* FeudalOverlord: Of course.
* GeniusBruiser: Shared with the other crusading orders. The Hospitallers' hat was medicine; the Templars' was banking; their specialty was ruling a large amount of people who did not want to be ruled and dominating Baltic/German trade.
* GermanicEfficiency: often seen as the Grandfather of Prussian virtues.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Or not. (Generally more of a TinTyrant.)
* KnightTemplar: Possibly a better example than the trope namer.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Nazis stole some of their imagery, such as a stark black-and-white cross, leading to OlderThanTheyThink. Eisenstein also put their foot-soldiers in rather UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-looking helmets.
* TheSoundOfMartialMusic: After the mastership of the Knights became a Habsburg preserve, one of its most senior regiments (Infantry Regiment No. 4) traditionally had the master as its colonel-in-chief and was thus named the ''Hoch- und Deutschmeister'' (famous particularly for its band). The name was later continued to be used for tradition's sake by various formations of the two Austrian republics (and the Wehrmacht) to this day. Moreover, the very last secular ''Hochmeister'' of the ''Deutscher Orden'', Archduke Eugen von Österreich-Teschen, was a field marshal of the Royal-and-Imperial army
** During the reign of Wilhelm II, there were some attempts to revive the traditions of the Teutonic Knights in Prussia, leading to the formation of the ''Deutsch-Ordens-Infanterie-Regiment'' Nr. 152 in 1897 and the field artillery regiments ''Groß-Komtur'' (Nr. 71) and ''Hochmeister'' (Nr. 72) in 1899.
* TheSpartanWay: Observed with anybody who wanted to have at least partial membership or affiliation with their order. You want to join in? Get ready for physical training on par with that of the [[NavySeals US Navy Seals]], as well as a strict, high-protein diet and six or more hours a day spent on drilling in [[OneManArmy individual]], [[LightningBruiser mounted]], and formation combat.
* TrainingFromHell: See [[TheSpartanWay The Spartan Way]]. Even a half-brother or sergeant could look forward for daily, brutal training in discipline, skill, and physicality. Anyone who wanted to be a full-blown knight suffered worse.
** Justified; as far as they could comprehend, they were in hell already, what with brutal winters, terrain of all kinds, unruly subjects, and many powerful enemies such as the [[BadassNative Lithuanians]], [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong Russians from Kiev and Novgorod]], and [[FalseFriend the Poles]].
* WarriorMonk: A rare western example.

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13th Jun '15 8:24:04 AM Willbyr
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* ''ComicBook/DamnationCrusade'' follows the story of a Black Templar (see Warhammer40K below) from his novitiate all the way to his interment in a Dreadnought.

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* ''ComicBook/DamnationCrusade'' follows the story of a [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Black Templar (see Warhammer40K below) Templar]] from his novitiate training all the way to his interment in a Dreadnought.
5th Jun '15 12:59:04 PM StFan
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* ''FirstSquad'' borrows its ghostly German knights from ''Alexander Nevsky'', so there's probably some Teutonic influence in there.

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* ''FirstSquad'' ''Anime/FirstSquad'' borrows its ghostly German knights from ''Alexander Nevsky'', so there's probably some Teutonic influence in there.
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