teutonic knights

Teutonic Order

noun
a religious military order founded c1190 in the Holy Land by German crusaders that originally did charitable work among the sick and later fought against the Slavic and Baltic peoples in the eastward expansion of medieval Germany.
Also called Teutonic Knights.
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Teutonic order
 
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Also called: Teutonic Knights a military and religious order of German knights, priests, and serving brothers founded about 1190 during the Third Crusade, later conquering large parts of the Baltic provinces and Russia

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