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The novel was written in partitioned Poland, with most Poles living under the rule of Russian Empire - one of Sienkiewicz's goals in writing ''The Knights of the Cross'' being to encourage and strengthen Polish national confidence against the occupying powers of [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria]], [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany Prussia]], and [[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia Russia]]. To circumvent Russian censorship, Sienkiewicz placed the plot in [[TheLateMiddleAges medieval]] UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} (region) and the State of the [[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights Teutonic Order]]. He used offences (well known to his readers from the newspapers) perpetrated in his own time by the Russians to fill in the details.

The actual, historical [[WarriorMonk religious military]] order of UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights, which from the 13th to the 16th centuries controlled large parts of the Baltic Sea coast, and its defeat in the Battle of Grunwald[[note]] known in German historiography as Battle of Tannenberg (1410)[[/note]] by Poles and Lithuanians, serves as backdrop for the story, which also focuses extensively on medieval life and customs in both the cities and the rural part of medieval Poland.

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The novel was written in partitioned Poland, with most Poles living under the rule of the Russian Empire - one of Sienkiewicz's goals in writing ''The Knights of the Cross'' being to encourage and strengthen Polish national confidence against the occupying powers of [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria]], [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany Prussia]], and [[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia Russia]]. To circumvent Russian censorship, Sienkiewicz placed the plot in [[TheLateMiddleAges medieval]] UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} (region) and the State of the [[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights Teutonic Order]]. He used offences (well known to his readers from the newspapers) perpetrated in his own time by the Russians to fill in the details.

The actual, historical [[WarriorMonk religious military]] order of UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights, which from the 13th to the 16th centuries controlled large parts of the Baltic Sea coast, and its defeat in the Battle of Grunwald[[note]] known in German historiography as the Battle of Tannenberg (1410)[[/note]] by Poles and Lithuanians, serves as backdrop for the story, which also focuses extensively on medieval life and customs in both the cities and the rural part of medieval Poland.



* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: [[TearJerker Sadly]] (and historically) [[AvertedTrope averted]] for queen Hedwig - everyone's thrilled to hear she's expecting, but her DeathByChildbirth shatters spirits of both her husband and the nation.

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* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: [[TearJerker Sadly]] (and historically) [[AvertedTrope averted]] for queen Hedwig - everyone's thrilled to hear she's expecting, but her DeathByChildbirth shatters the spirits of both her husband and the nation.


The actual, historical [[WarriorMonk religious military]] order of TheTeutonicKnights, which from the 13th to the 16th centuries controlled large parts of the Baltic Sea coast, and its defeat in the Battle of Grunwald[[note]] known in German historiography as Battle of Tannenberg (1410)[[/note]] by Poles and Lithuanians, serves as backdrop for the story, which also focuses extensively on medieval life and customs in both the cities and the rural part of medieval Poland.

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The actual, historical [[WarriorMonk religious military]] order of TheTeutonicKnights, UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights, which from the 13th to the 16th centuries controlled large parts of the Baltic Sea coast, and its defeat in the Battle of Grunwald[[note]] known in German historiography as Battle of Tannenberg (1410)[[/note]] by Poles and Lithuanians, serves as backdrop for the story, which also focuses extensively on medieval life and customs in both the cities and the rural part of medieval Poland.



* AlwaysChaoticEvil: TheTeutonicKnights are the [[ObviouslyEvil very obvious villains]] of the story.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: TheTeutonicKnights UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights are the [[ObviouslyEvil very obvious villains]] of the story.



* BadassBoast: "Swords are aplenty in our camp, but we shall accept these." Yes, this is a BadassBoast, since it's delivered very calmly in answer to TheTeutonicKnights [[TrashTalk taunts]]. And followed by kicking their collective ass in battle.

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* BadassBoast: "Swords are aplenty in our camp, but we shall accept these." Yes, this is a BadassBoast, since it's delivered very calmly in answer to TheTeutonicKnights UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights [[TrashTalk taunts]]. And followed by kicking their collective ass in battle.



* TheLateMiddleAges: Their negative aspects are [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] for the Poles (for whom this was start of a Golden Age), but played straight for TheTeutonicKnights.

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* TheLateMiddleAges: Their negative aspects are [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] for the Poles (for whom this was start of a Golden Age), but played straight for TheTeutonicKnights.UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights.



* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Saint Bridget's prophecy of how TheTeutonicKnights are going to fall. (If you're thinking of starting a historical discussion now, please refrain - we'd be here forever).
* RightMakesMight: And TheTeutonicKnights are not nearly as right as they think.

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* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Saint Bridget's prophecy of how TheTeutonicKnights UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights are going to fall. (If you're thinking of starting a historical discussion now, please refrain - we'd be here forever).
* RightMakesMight: And TheTeutonicKnights UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights are not nearly as right as they think.


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** [[AvertedTrope Averted (again, true to history) by Jagiełło at Grunwald - he listened not to one, not to two, but to three Masses, just to keep the opponent sweating (literally - it was July) on the field a bit longer. This was a tactical thing.

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted Averted]] (again, true to history) by Jagiełło at Grunwald - he listened not to one, not to two, but to three Masses, just to keep the opponent sweating (literally - it was July) on the field a bit longer. This was a tactical thing.


* BadassFamily: Zbyszko and his uncle Maćko.[[spoiler: Later, the family also includes Jurand as Zbyszko's father-in-law and ActionGirl Jagienka as Zbyszko's second wife ]]. Also, Jagiełło and Witold who were first cousins.

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* BadassFamily: Zbyszko and his uncle Maćko. [[spoiler: Later, the family also includes Jurand as Zbyszko's father-in-law and ActionGirl Jagienka as Zbyszko's second wife ]]. Also, Jagiełło and Witold who were first cousins.



* TheGoodKing: Władysław Jagiełło. Also, Janusz of Mazovia though not a king, just a duke, who is a fair ruler and is seriously invested in looking for Danusia.

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* TheGoodKing: Władysław Jagiełło. Also, Janusz of Mazovia though (though not a king, just a duke, who duke) is a fair ruler and is seriously invested in looking for after Danusia.



* GuileHero: While he is just as capable as Zbyszko in a fight, Maćko also seems to do the thinking for both of them. This is most evident when he tricks Jagienka's two hot-headed suitors into guarding her from each other while Zbyszko is away.Also prince Witold, TruthInTelevision.

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* GuileHero: While he is just as capable as Zbyszko in a fight, Maćko also seems to do the thinking for both of them. This is most evident when he tricks Jagienka's two hot-headed suitors into guarding her from each other while Zbyszko is away. Also prince Witold, TruthInTelevision.[[TruthInTelevision true to history books]].



* HeirClubForMen: Averted with Queen Hedwig who inherited the throne from her father and was beloved by the nation. When she gives birth to a girl, everybody seems to be ready to accept the new princess as the heiress.[[spoiler: Sadly, they both die]].

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* HeirClubForMen: Averted with Queen Hedwig who inherited the throne from her father and was beloved by the nation. When she gives birth to a girl, everybody seems to be ready to accept the new princess as the heiress.[[spoiler: Sadly, they both die]].die.



* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Saint Bridget's prophecy of how TheTeutonicKnights are going to fall. (If you're thinking of starting a historical discussion here, please refrain - we'd be here forever).

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* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Saint Bridget's prophecy of how TheTeutonicKnights are going to fall. (If you're thinking of starting a historical discussion here, now, please refrain - we'd be here forever).



* WouldHurtAChild: The four Tetonic Knights who kidnapped Danusia. Also, the two who "inspired" them to do it- von Salzbach and Szomberg who supposedly killed prince Witold'children.

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* WouldHurtAChild: The four Tetonic Teutonic Knights who kidnapped Danusia. Also, the two who "inspired" them to do it- it - von Salzbach and Szomberg who supposedly killed prince Witold'children.Witold's children.


* HappinnssInSlavery: Hlava, Zbyszko's squire who was [[MadeASlave captured by Zych of Zgorzelice]] in the battle of Bolesławiec and later given by Jagienka to Zbyszko. He is completely devoted to the two of them and Zbyszko later makes him the administrator of Spychów.

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* HappinnssInSlavery: HappinessInSlavery: Hlava, Zbyszko's squire who was [[MadeASlave captured by Zych of Zgorzelice]] in the battle of Bolesławiec and later given by Jagienka to Zbyszko. He is completely devoted to the two of them and Zbyszko later makes him the administrator of Spychów.


* HapinnessInSlavery: Hlava, Zbyszko's squire who was [[MadeASlave captured by Zych of Zgorzelice]] in the battle of Bolesławiec and later given by Jagienka to Zbyszko. He is completely devoted to the two of them and Zbyszko later makes him the administrator of Spychów.

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* HapinnessInSlavery: HappinnssInSlavery: Hlava, Zbyszko's squire who was [[MadeASlave captured by Zych of Zgorzelice]] in the battle of Bolesławiec and later given by Jagienka to Zbyszko. He is completely devoted to the two of them and Zbyszko later makes him the administrator of Spychów.



* MyownPrivateIDo: [[spoiler: Zbyszko and Danusia are married secretly with only duchess Anna and De Lorche for witnesses.]]

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* MyownPrivateIDo: MyOwnPrivateIDo: [[spoiler: Zbyszko and Danusia are married secretly with only duchess Anna and De Lorche for witnesses.]]


* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: Historically, Witold was this to Jagiełło. but finally, he suppported his cousin in the battle of Grunwald.

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* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: Historically, Witold was this to Jagiełło. Jagiełło, but finally, he suppported his cousin in the battle of Grunwald.



* HapinessInSlavery: Hlava, Zbyszko's squire who was [[MadeASlave captured by Zych of Zgorzelice]] in the battle of Bolesławiec and later given by Jagienka to Zbyszko. He is completely devoted to the two of them and Zbyszko later makes him the administrator of Spychów.

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* HapinessInSlavery: HapinnessInSlavery: Hlava, Zbyszko's squire who was [[MadeASlave captured by Zych of Zgorzelice]] in the battle of Bolesławiec and later given by Jagienka to Zbyszko. He is completely devoted to the two of them and Zbyszko later makes him the administrator of Spychów.



* MyVeryPrivateIDo: [[spoiler: Zbyszko and Danusia are married secretly with only duchess Anna and De Lorche for witnesses.]]
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Jurand opposes to Zbyszko nad Danusia's marriage because he promised to God that the girl would be a nun. [[spoiler: However, when the two are married in secret, he finally accepts Zbyszko as his son-in-law abd they work together for a while to free her from the Teutonic Knights.]]

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* MyVeryPrivateIDo: MyownPrivateIDo: [[spoiler: Zbyszko and Danusia are married secretly with only duchess Anna and De Lorche for witnesses.]]
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Jurand opposes to Zbyszko nad Danusia's marriage because he promised to God that the girl would be a nun. [[spoiler: However, when the two are married in secret, he finally accepts Zbyszko as his son-in-law abd and they work together for a while to free her from the Teutonic Knights.]]


* BadassFamily: Zbyszko and his uncle Maćko.[[spoiler: Later, the family also includes Jurand as Zbyszko's father-in-law and ActionGirl Jagienka as Zbyszko's second wife ]]. Also, Jagiełło and Witold who were first cousins.



* DrivenToSuicide: One of the villains responsible for [[spoiler:Danusia's death and the blinding of Jurand]] is captured by the heroes and subsequently kills himself when Jurand [[CruelMercy orders him set free]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: One of the villains responsible for for [[spoiler:Danusia's death and the blinding of Jurand]] is Jurand]]is captured by the heroes and subsequently kills himself when Jurand [[CruelMercy orders him set free]].



* TheGoodKing: Władysław Jagiełło.

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* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: Historically, Witold was this to Jagiełło. but finally, he suppported his cousin in the battle of Grunwald.
* TheGoodKing: Władysław Jagiełło. Also, Janusz of Mazovia though not a king, just a duke, who is a fair ruler and is seriously invested in looking for Danusia.



* GuileHero: While he is just as capable as Zbyszko in a fight, Maćko also seems to do the thinking for both of them. This is most evident when he tricks Jagienka's two hot-headed suitors into guarding her from each other while Zbyszko is away.

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* GuileHero: While he is just as capable as Zbyszko in a fight, Maćko also seems to do the thinking for both of them. This is most evident when he tricks Jagienka's two hot-headed suitors into guarding her from each other while Zbyszko is away.Also prince Witold, TruthInTelevision.
* HapinessInSlavery: Hlava, Zbyszko's squire who was [[MadeASlave captured by Zych of Zgorzelice]] in the battle of Bolesławiec and later given by Jagienka to Zbyszko. He is completely devoted to the two of them and Zbyszko later makes him the administrator of Spychów.



** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] (again, true to history) by Jagiełło at Grunwald - he listened not to one, not to two, but to three Masses, just to keep the opponent sweating (literally - it was July) on the field a bit longer. This was a tactical thing.

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] Averted (again, true to history) by Jagiełło at Grunwald - he listened not to one, not to two, but to three Masses, just to keep the opponent sweating (literally - it was July) on the field a bit longer. This was a tactical thing.thing.
* MyVeryPrivateIDo: [[spoiler: Zbyszko and Danusia are married secretly with only duchess Anna and De Lorche for witnesses.]]
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Jurand opposes to Zbyszko nad Danusia's marriage because he promised to God that the girl would be a nun. [[spoiler: However, when the two are married in secret, he finally accepts Zbyszko as his son-in-law abd they work together for a while to free her from the Teutonic Knights.]]



* {{Plunder}}: That's how knights make a living. The [[CostumePorn best clothes]] Zbyszko and Maćko have are plundered.

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* {{Plunder}}: That's how knights make a living. The [[CostumePorn CostumePorn best clothes]] Zbyszko and Maćko have are plundered.


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* PostRapeTaunt: Danveld brags to Jurand, as a final act of humiliating him in Szczytno, about raping [[WouldHurtAChild his 12 years old daughter]]. [[spoiler: This is the last thing he does in his life.]]


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* WouldHurtAChild: The four Tetonic Knights who kidnapped Danusia. Also, the two who "inspired" them to do it- von Salzbach and Szomberg who supposedly killed prince Witold'children.


* TheLateMiddleAges: Their negative aspects are [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] for the Poles (for whom this was something of a Golden Age), but played straight for TheTeutonicKnights.

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* TheLateMiddleAges: Their negative aspects are [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] for the Poles (for whom this was something start of a Golden Age), but played straight for TheTeutonicKnights.



* WoundThatWillNotHeal: Maćko gets shot by a crossbow bolt, part of which breaks off and causes a [[RealLife realistic]] unhealing wound.

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* WoundThatWillNotHeal: Maćko gets shot by a crossbow bolt, part of which breaks off and causes a [[RealLife realistic]] unhealing wound. It takes years to heal.


'''''The Knights of the Cross''''' (Polish: ''Krzyżacy'') is a 1900 historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz, a UsefulNotes/{{Pol|and}}ish writer and [[UsefulNotes/NobelPrizeInLiterature Nobel laureate]].

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'''''The ''The Knights of the Cross''''' Cross'' (Polish: ''Krzyżacy'') is a 1900 historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz, a UsefulNotes/{{Pol|and}}ish writer and [[UsefulNotes/NobelPrizeInLiterature Nobel laureate]].


* TwentyBearAsses: In order to impress Danusia, Zbyszko vows to get three peacock plumes from the helmets of TheTeutonicKnights he defeats. This almost gets him executed for [[LeeroyJenkins (unwittingly) attacking]] an envoy.

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* TwentyBearAsses: In order to impress Danusia, Zbyszko vows to get three peacock plumes from the helmets of TheTeutonicKnights UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights he defeats. This almost gets him executed for [[LeeroyJenkins (unwittingly) attacking]] an envoy.


* [[AllGermansAreNazis All Germans Are Prussian Militarists]]


The novel was written in partitioned Poland, with most Poles living under the rule of Russian Empire - one of Sienkiewicz's goals in writing ''The Knights of the Cross'' being to encourage and strengthen Polish national confidence against the occupying powers of [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria]], [[ImperialGermany Prussia]], and [[TsaristRussia Russia]]. To circumvent Russian censorship, Sienkiewicz placed the plot in [[TheLateMiddleAges medieval]] {{Prussia}} (region) and the State of the [[TheTeutonicKnights Teutonic Order]]. He used offences (well known to his readers from the newspapers) perpetrated in his own time by the Russians to fill in the details.

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The novel was written in partitioned Poland, with most Poles living under the rule of Russian Empire - one of Sienkiewicz's goals in writing ''The Knights of the Cross'' being to encourage and strengthen Polish national confidence against the occupying powers of [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria]], [[ImperialGermany [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany Prussia]], and [[TsaristRussia [[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia Russia]]. To circumvent Russian censorship, Sienkiewicz placed the plot in [[TheLateMiddleAges medieval]] {{Prussia}} UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} (region) and the State of the [[TheTeutonicKnights [[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights Teutonic Order]]. He used offences (well known to his readers from the newspapers) perpetrated in his own time by the Russians to fill in the details.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: Ulrich von Jungingen. While he is not a direct main villain of the book, he is the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights and shows up for the final battle where he dies like he did in RealLife.

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