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Brothers of the Teutonic Order in Prussia (1310 – 1351): A prosopographical study

Norbert Delestowicz

Abstract

The doctoral thesis is composed of descriptive and analytical parts. The latter, being the main scope of the thesis, includes biographical notes of 959 teutonic brothers, who, according to gathered sources, were members of the Teutonic Order in Prussia between 1310 and 1351. The biographical notes include all forms of the members’ written names and surnames, an overview of their career in the Order with, if possible, an additional information of their place of origin and social status. Such study, however, could not have been conducted for all teutonic brothers for lack of sources or scarce information. The descriptive part, based on the biographical notes, includes a general study of the brothers’ geographical, ethnic and social origins, and a career pattern of members of the Teutonic Order in Prussia between 1310 and 1351. A place of origin was established for 382 out of 959 brothers. Most members of the Order were recruited from the bailiwicks of Thuringia and Saxony, and the most dominant social group was the lower nobility – the social status of 62% out of 318 brothers whose origins were established. The recruited members were mostly young individuals who had just begun to gain experience in holding an office. Afterwards, they would either stay in Prussia and continue with their careers or leave the Prussian province of the Order. Administrative offices were restricted only to brother knights. Priests, on the other hand, worked in the Prussian chapters. As a result of the conducted studies, it is possible to establish that middle-aged brothers, who had previous experience, were the clerical elite, while young inexperienced individuals, whose past is often unknown, became companions. The thesis is concluded with a list of clerks and members of the Teutonic Order in Prussia and their respective offices in the Order’s administration. Likewise, references, and a list of abbreviations are included in the paper.
Record ID
UAM6dfec72b126f444abf185e32b2b19f24
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
Bracia Zakonu Krzyżackiego w Prusach (1310 – 1351). Studium prozopograficzne
Title in English
Brothers of the Teutonic Order in Prussia (1310 – 1351): A prosopographical study
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of History (FoH)
Discipline
history / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.3 history
Status
Finished
Defense Date
15-10-2018
Title date
15-10-2018
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/23978 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Teutonic Order, Prussia, 14th century, prosopographical study
Abstract in English
The doctoral thesis is composed of descriptive and analytical parts. The latter, being the main scope of the thesis, includes biographical notes of 959 teutonic brothers, who, according to gathered sources, were members of the Teutonic Order in Prussia between 1310 and 1351. The biographical notes include all forms of the members’ written names and surnames, an overview of their career in the Order with, if possible, an additional information of their place of origin and social status. Such study, however, could not have been conducted for all teutonic brothers for lack of sources or scarce information. The descriptive part, based on the biographical notes, includes a general study of the brothers’ geographical, ethnic and social origins, and a career pattern of members of the Teutonic Order in Prussia between 1310 and 1351. A place of origin was established for 382 out of 959 brothers. Most members of the Order were recruited from the bailiwicks of Thuringia and Saxony, and the most dominant social group was the lower nobility – the social status of 62% out of 318 brothers whose origins were established. The recruited members were mostly young individuals who had just begun to gain experience in holding an office. Afterwards, they would either stay in Prussia and continue with their careers or leave the Prussian province of the Order. Administrative offices were restricted only to brother knights. Priests, on the other hand, worked in the Prussian chapters. As a result of the conducted studies, it is possible to establish that middle-aged brothers, who had previous experience, were the clerical elite, while young inexperienced individuals, whose past is often unknown, became companions. The thesis is concluded with a list of clerks and members of the Teutonic Order in Prussia and their respective offices in the Order’s administration. Likewise, references, and a list of abbreviations are included in the paper.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM6dfec72b126f444abf185e32b2b19f24/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAM6dfec72b126f444abf185e32b2b19f24

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