Leole fort is captured

to map

March 1215

End of the truce was marked by a great raid by the crusaders and Livonians-Latgalians to the parish of Ridala, in northern Läänemaa, in the beginning of 1215.

This was followed by another campaign to the northern part of Saccalia county, to the Leole (Lõhavere) fort, in the spring of 1215. The locals were prepared for the attack, and were able to defend their position, even though attackers made several tries to torch the fort. Ultimately, Estonians had to give in, and agreed to be christened. Among those christened was Lembitu, together with his people. Lembitu had to go along with the crusaders, like the other elders there, but after his sons were given hostage, he was released.

Source: Sulev Vahtre. Muinasaja loojang Eestis: vabadusvõitlus 1208-1227. Tallinn: Olion. 1990
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.                                                                                                  Image source:
http://www.muuseum.viljandimaa.ee/static/images/leole3.jpg  http://y.delfi.ee/thumb/79967/3925827_vah9La.jpeg

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