Order of Swordbrothers is Merged With Teutonic Knights

Order of Swordbrothers is Merged With Teutonic Knights

Map of the State of the Teutonic Knights, 1260
Source: S. Bollmann

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By a decree of Pope Gregory IX, the crusading order Swordbrothers (Livonian Brothers of the Sword, Fratres militiæ Christi Livoniae, Schwertbrüderorden) is merged with the Teutonic Knights.

Both orders have been heavily involved in Crusades against pagan Prussians; the Swordbrothers, however, have experienced numerous defeats (especially at the Battle of Saule in 1236) and their growing weakness requires that they join with the Teutonic Knights.

Despite the merger, the Swordbrothers will continue to operate relatively independently. The rule, policies, and even clothing of the Swordbrothers remains the same, and they function as a semi-autonomous branch of the Teutonic Knights.

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