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Battle of Grunwald

Battle of Grunwald, a painting by Jan Matejko
Battle of Grunwald, a painting by Jan Matejko

Historical Context

The fight between Poland-Lithuania and the Teutonic Order in 1410 was a decisive moment for Europe and one of the most significant in Polish and Lithuanian history. Although the Teutonic leadership was destroyed in the battle, they withstood a castle siege and did not lose significant territories at the resulting peace deal.

Nevertheless their defeat caused an irreversible decline as they struggled to pay debts and recover their power, while the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth became the dominant nation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Painting Info

Artist: Jan Matejko
Location painted: Grunwald, Masuria, Poland

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