Book: Medieval Visby and Gotland
Chapter: 8. The Danish conquest in 1361
The chapter starts with a overview of the Danish conquest in 1361, and the material remains of this conquest. The chapter also includes a discussion of the background of the conquest and its consequences. Later, in 1398-1408, the island was ruled by different aristocratic groups and by the Teutonic Order in Prussia. These rulers left several small castles around the island, which were used for only a few decades.The Black Death, the human loss at the Danish conquest and the continued political unrest can be regarded as the start of the late medieval decline on Gotland.