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HERMANN VON SALZA 1165-1239 GERMANY

THIS GRAND MASTER DIRECTED THE ENERGY OF THE TEUTONIC KNIGHTS TOWARDS THE CRUSADES AGAINST THE PAGANS OF THE BALTIC

After a catastrophe in Cilicia in which the majority of the Teutonic Knights were slain, in 1210 leadership of the Order fell to Hermann von Salza. As hochmeister, or grand master, von Salza oversaw a remarkable revival of the Order. He was an able diplomat who was able to win the affection of both the pope and the Holy Roman emperor. In 1211, in response to an invitation from King Andrew II of Hungary, the Order moved a large

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