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Editor says, what if early Estonian Statehood had won out? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1217,on this day the formation of the independent country of Estonia was assured by a decisive victory over the German crusading order the Sword Brethren.
Battle of St. Matthew's DayA large force of six thousand men had been gathered by Lembitu of Lehola, an ancient Estonian elder of Sakala County and the military leader in the struggle against conquest of the Estonian lands by the German Livonian Brothers of the Sword.
His adversaries were the chieftain Caupo of Turaida and Master Volkwin who led a smaller force of three thousand men at the bloody Battle of St. Matthew's Day fought near the town of Viljandi. Their ultimate goal was the forced conversion of the pagans, but in the event they were defeated and the Northern Crusaders suffered a serious setback.