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Geoffrey Wheatcroft, 18 December 1980

The Rise and Fall of Prussia 
by Sebastian Haffner.
Weidenfeld, 183 pp., £7.95, July 1980, 0 297 77810 2
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The Northern Crusades: The Baltic and the Catholic Frontier 1100-1525 
by Eric Christiansen.
Macmillan, 296 pp., £12.50, May 1980, 0 333 26243 3
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... across what is now East Germany and western Poland. How Prussia was born is the subject of Mr Christiansen’s fascinating and elegant book. In 1147, 50 years after the First Crusade to Jerusalem, Bernard of Clairvaux persuaded the Pope to proclaim a crusade against the pagans of north-eastern Europe, a crusade more to the taste of north German knights ...

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