The Danish attempt to get a foothold in Saaremaa.

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In the beginning of the XIII century, also Denmark started to take interest in Estonia, main instigator of the crusade against Estonians was Andreas Sunesed, bishop of Lundi (see image).

On January 13, 1206, the pope gave Sunesen permission to appoint his bishop to the land that he baptized. He had received popes blessing, and in 1206, larger campaign against Estonians begun, it was excused with revenge on Oeselians for the pillage in 1203.

The Danes landed in Saaremaa and built a fort there, but due to constant attacks by the Oeselians, soon, they had to abandon it, and set it on fire. The first attempt of Denmark to obtain a firm plant in Estonia had failed, and this failure kept them away from Estonia for several years.

Source: Sulev Vahtre. Muinasaja loojang Eestis: vabadusvõitlus 1208-1227. Tallinn: Olion. 1990
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006. Image source:


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