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Deutscher Orden – Vertrag des Deutschen Ordens mit der dänischen Königin Margarethe I. über die Rückgabe Gotlands

22 April - Klaus Störtebeker, one of the most prominent leaders of a companionship of pirates known as "Vitalienbrüder" or Likedeelers ("equal sharers"), fought his last battle against the Hansa off Heligoland.

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The Vitalienbrüder. Piracy became endemic in the Baltic sea in the Middle Ages.

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'Pirates, robbers and other malefactors': The role played by violence at sea in relations between England and the Hanse towns, 1385 - 1420 :http://www.medievalists.net/2015/11/17/pirates-robbers-and-other-malefactors-the-role-played-by-violence-at-sea-in-relations-between-england-and-the-hanse-towns-1385-1420/

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Today, 611 years ago, the Hansa finally ringend the Vitalienbrüder 's beginning of the end, when Simon of Utrecht captured one of their prominent captains and his crew in a hard fought battle off Heligoland: Klaus Störtebeker (Low German for: "down the beaker" - he allegedly could drink four litres of beer in one gulp). The Vitalienbrüder (victual brothers, possibly because they victualled besieged Stockholm with provisions) were a group of freebooters hired by various powers in the…

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