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Book: Medieval Visby and Gotland

Chapter: 8. The Danish conquest in 1361

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.26493


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.

Chapter Contributors

  • Anders AndrĂ©n ( - aandren) 'Stockholm University'