RIGA - The best source on the decline of the Prus, the group of ancient Baltictribes that was eventually wiped out by German conquerors, is Peter vonDusburg's "Chronicle of the Prussian Crusade," written in the early 14thcentury. The book describes the many battles‹mostly one-sided‹between thefearsome Christian knights and the pagan Prussians. In it is oneparticularly riveting passage:"In one vicious battle brother Gebhard of Saxony harried one Prussian. Withone blow of the sword he cut off his head, but the wounded man did notimmediately fall to the earth and instead ran for some time with...
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