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The Teutonic Knights is an epic of medieval times and national destiny, ranking as one of the highest achievements from the pen of Henryk Sienkiewicz, the Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1905. The novel follows the adventures of Macko, a resourceful and wise veteran of war, and his young nephew, Zbyszko, the symbol of a maturing nation, as they struggle, along with The Teutonic Knights is an epic of medieval times and national destiny, ranking as one of the highest achievements from the pen of Henryk Sienkiewicz, the Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1905. The novel follows the adventures of Macko, a resourceful and wise veteran of war, and his young nephew, Zbyszko, the symbol of a maturing nation, as they struggle, along with the unified peoples of Poland and Lithuania, against the oppressive religious military order, the Teutonic Knights. Among the many memorable characters are Jurand, a merciless, bitter fighter consumed with revenge; his daughter, the innocent Danusia, a girl of twelve who must face the barbarity of the German knighthood; the strong-willed Jagienka, equally adept at shooting a crossbow or administering an estate; Hlawa, a Czech squire of noble birth who is as quick with his wit as he is with his axe; Sanderus, a peddler of religious relics and indulgences whose earthly cravings seem greater than any spiritual needs. A host of other memorable characters fills the canvas set against lush, almost magical forests, dangerous marshes replete with tales of human heads walking on spider legs, winter blizzards that blanket the world in a white wonderland - all at once beautiful and foreboding. Splendid castles are described here, court hunts, single combats that test valor and strength. The customs of knights with their code of honor and feelings of love are adroitly explored. The entirety culminates in one of the most important battles in medieval history, the Battle of Grunwald. The Teutonic Knights was published in America in 1900 in various competing translations of erratic quality. Not until 1943 did a translation worthy of this masterpiece appear, but unfortunately its release was limited to Great Britain. It is this translation that has been revised and edited by Miroslaw Lipinski with an eye for both fluidity in the English language and fidelity to the original Polish.


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The Teutonic Knights is an epic of medieval times and national destiny, ranking as one of the highest achievements from the pen of Henryk Sienkiewicz, the Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1905. The novel follows the adventures of Macko, a resourceful and wise veteran of war, and his young nephew, Zbyszko, the symbol of a maturing nation, as they struggle, along with The Teutonic Knights is an epic of medieval times and national destiny, ranking as one of the highest achievements from the pen of Henryk Sienkiewicz, the Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1905. The novel follows the adventures of Macko, a resourceful and wise veteran of war, and his young nephew, Zbyszko, the symbol of a maturing nation, as they struggle, along with the unified peoples of Poland and Lithuania, against the oppressive religious military order, the Teutonic Knights. Among the many memorable characters are Jurand, a merciless, bitter fighter consumed with revenge; his daughter, the innocent Danusia, a girl of twelve who must face the barbarity of the German knighthood; the strong-willed Jagienka, equally adept at shooting a crossbow or administering an estate; Hlawa, a Czech squire of noble birth who is as quick with his wit as he is with his axe; Sanderus, a peddler of religious relics and indulgences whose earthly cravings seem greater than any spiritual needs. A host of other memorable characters fills the canvas set against lush, almost magical forests, dangerous marshes replete with tales of human heads walking on spider legs, winter blizzards that blanket the world in a white wonderland - all at once beautiful and foreboding. Splendid castles are described here, court hunts, single combats that test valor and strength. The customs of knights with their code of honor and feelings of love are adroitly explored. The entirety culminates in one of the most important battles in medieval history, the Battle of Grunwald. The Teutonic Knights was published in America in 1900 in various competing translations of erratic quality. Not until 1943 did a translation worthy of this masterpiece appear, but unfortunately its release was limited to Great Britain. It is this translation that has been revised and edited by Miroslaw Lipinski with an eye for both fluidity in the English language and fidelity to the original Polish.

59 review for The Knights of the Cross: a Historical Romance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Кристина

    Страшно много ми хареса-толкова е близко до нас!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    Read online The Teutonic Knights was the official name of the military order located in the northern part of Poland. The “Knights of the Cross” is a direct translation of polish word “Krzyzacy” a nickname used by Poles because the knights of this order wore black crosses on their armor. read tbr busting 2012 online AND paper finished skimming this via paperback 16/4/2012. It was chewy. 2.5* Once recovered from this I may have a tilt at this: With Fire and Sword ETA: have found the film instead: Read online The Teutonic Knights was the official name of the military order located in the northern part of Poland. The “Knights of the Cross” is a direct translation of polish word “Krzyzacy” a nickname used by Poles because the knights of this order wore black crosses on their armor. read tbr busting 2012 online AND paper finished skimming this via paperback 16/4/2012. It was chewy. 2.5* Once recovered from this I may have a tilt at this: With Fire and Sword ETA: have found the film instead: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0128378/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lora Grigorova

    The Knights of the Cross: http://readwithstyle.wordpress.com/20... If you are looking for a historical novel, probably the best choice is the Polish journalist and Noble-prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz. Born in the Russian-ruled Poland in the middle of the 19th century, Sienkiewicz wrote most of his historical novels set during the Polish Republic or Commonwealth. What can be noted about him is his negative portrayal of the German knights of the cross. This idea is most evident in the historical The Knights of the Cross: http://readwithstyle.wordpress.com/20... If you are looking for a historical novel, probably the best choice is the Polish journalist and Noble-prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz. Born in the Russian-ruled Poland in the middle of the 19th century, Sienkiewicz wrote most of his historical novels set during the Polish Republic or Commonwealth. What can be noted about him is his negative portrayal of the German knights of the cross. This idea is most evident in the historical novel The Knights of the Cross. The Knights of the Cross is set in the 14th century and it depicts the clash between the Poland kingdom, one of the most powerful kingdoms at that time, and the German knights of the cross. The conversion to Christianity is at its peak and most of the nations in Europe are already baptized. The German knights of the cross and the Polish kingdom struggle for influence in the Christian world. Through the story of a common knight, the Polish Zbishko and his uncle Machko, Sienkiewicz condemns the avarice, hypocrisy, and corruption of the German monks. The latter use God to justify their cruel and selfish actions, aimed not to baptize the European nations, but to increase their power and influence. Hidden behind Christianity as an excuse, the German knights of the cross subordinate the nations through murders, executions, and wars. Sienkiewicz, as a Polish citizen, is of course subjective, but he amazes the reader with his extensive historical knowledge and understanding. Read more: http://readwithstyle.wordpress.com/20...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Czarny Pies

    The Teutonic Knights is one of my least favourite works by Henryk Sienkiewicz the author of a great Trilogy about the wars in that took place in the mid 17th century in Poland as well of Quo Vadis a remarkable book about the Christian persecution at Rome at the time of Nero. The problem might be that there is a great deal more source material for the author to have drawn on for the other two historical periods than is the case for the era of the Teutonic Knights. Sienkiewicz's descriptions of The Teutonic Knights is one of my least favourite works by Henryk Sienkiewicz the author of a great Trilogy about the wars in that took place in the mid 17th century in Poland as well of Quo Vadis a remarkable book about the Christian persecution at Rome at the time of Nero. The problem might be that there is a great deal more source material for the author to have drawn on for the other two historical periods than is the case for the era of the Teutonic Knights. Sienkiewicz's descriptions of the political struggles of the time period in which the Teutonic Knights is set are half-hearted and desultory. He simply chooses to demonize the Germans. As a devote Catholic he avoids the issue of why on earth the Pope allowed the Teutonic Knights to continue their depredations after the Eastern Baltic converted to Christianity. The Teutonic Knights were a crusading order of Priest-Knights founded in 12th Century in Acre which is in modern day Israel. In 1230 they moved to East Prussia nominally to Christianize the Prussians. Their presence certainly speeded the conversion of the Lithuanians and Poles. The Prussians were simply exterminated. As the civilian atrocities continued after the conversions and the Popes decided to maintain their charter, the Lithuanians and Poles banded together to put a stop to their depredations. With a decisive victory at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410, the Poles and Lithuanians put an end to the expansion of the Teutonic Knights as their attacks on Polish and Lithuanian settlements. The German settlers that the Knights brought to their territory took the name of the extinct Prussians. Their state would survive and would lead the drive towards German unification in the 18th and 17th Centuries. In 1945, the Russians liquidated East Prussia bringing an end to the state created by the Teutonic Knights. You may be motivated to read the Teutonic Knights either because you love medieval historical novels or because you are Polish. You most readers the book will be simply long-winded and morose. Sienkiewicz's Trilogy has many moments of humour. In particular, the first volume, "With Fire and Sword" has the gaiety of an Alexandre Dumas novel. However, wit and comedy is entirely absent from the "Teutonic Knights" with the exception of one delightful passage where a relics peddler arrives selling rungs from Jacob's ladder. Without the Dumas gaiety is gone, the "Teutonic Knights" becomes a very mean-spirited "Ivanhoe." Sienkiewicz appears to have been written the "Teutonic Knights" in reaction to Germany's 19th Century Kulturkampf in which it attempted to suppress the Polish language and Catholic institutions in its Eastern territories. A modern reader might sympathize with Sienkiewicz's outrage but still the tone is unpleasant for a North American reader living in the 21st Century. What is clear is that after the horrific events of World War II in which Poland lost one sixth of its population, anti-German feelings ran high amongst the Poles assuring that the "Teutonic Knights" would enjoy great popularity in Poland throughout the second-half of the twentieth century. This novel certainly tells you more about Post WWII Poland, than it does about the 15th Century that is set it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk

    This is an entertaining read full of over-the-top romanticism and lots of cliche... but then, it is a child of its times. If you've read it then I strongly advise seeing the film which sticks closely to the book (the director could hardly drift away from what is a much loved book amongst the Poles). The film, also, is a child of its times; there's that great "Seig Heil" moment that puts the Teutonic assault on the Poles and Lithuanians in a historical setting!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barney

    This book was well written. The medieval theme appealed to me, and I enjoyed reading about medieval custom and war, about how things worked, and about duels and unrequited love. That being said, the book provides a completely one-sided view of the events it describes. The Polish, whose side the writer obviously stands on, are always presented as living legends, strong like bulls and as honourable as humanly possible. Each and every one is extreme in his virtue, passion and valiance, while also This book was well written. The medieval theme appealed to me, and I enjoyed reading about medieval custom and war, about how things worked, and about duels and unrequited love. That being said, the book provides a completely one-sided view of the events it describes. The Polish, whose side the writer obviously stands on, are always presented as living legends, strong like bulls and as honourable as humanly possible. Each and every one is extreme in his virtue, passion and valiance, while also harbouring a hatred for the Teutonic knights, as larger than life as himself. The Teutonic knights, on the other hand, are presented as monstrous deceivers, who mainly achieve their goals through trickery and deceit. They are often presented cruel and heartless, and are very close to the typical villain. All this gives the book an awkward feel. It is evident it was written from the Polish side, but it is not presented that way: an omniscient narrator is used, instead of first-person account, which would give enough cause to present things in such a one-sided manner. Also, another grudge of mine is that everything is so romantic and idealized. This is mainly seen in the subplot revolving around the protagonist's love story, but finds its way into everything, from knightly duels to how the characters speak. I read that the book was written at a time that there was no Polish state, and it was an effort to unite the Polish people, and an allegorical one, as well. However, even after realizing this, I couldn't forgive the book. If you think you could, for an account of medieval wars and knightly deeds, then this book is for you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kris Trelski

    For me, this is a best book ever. It's well researched. Most events mentioned actually took place, you just have to look around. Because it was written in 1900 its language may be little out of date. Now you can read the latest translation on-line at: theteutonicknights.blogspot.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    This is the book that started me on a path to a History Degree. The characters and story were so engaging that I was actually upset that Medieval Poland is forgotten about in pop culture and textbooks. It saddens me that it is not better known.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    Incredible, amazing novel! I cannot really explain what I liked most about it, but it accounted for lots of strong emotions I experienced while reading it. I read it in Polish original version 'Krzyżacy' and Russian translation 'Крестоносцы'.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Msr2d2

    Jedna z najsłynniejszych powieści największego polskiego powieściopisarza. Taaa.... Niezła ściema. "Krzyżacy" to zwykłe barachło. W dodatku barachło pełne patologii. Chciwość, złośliwość, podwójna moralność, zazdrość, głupota ogólna i zapędy do osób nieletnich to norma wśród bohatyruw (przeinaczenie celowe, wręcz złośliwe). A gdy przychodzi do opisania Krzyżaków/Niemców poziom patologii osiąga wartości kosmiczne. Ci są źli, bo są źli, chciwi i źli. Niby wiadomo kiedy i z jakim przesłanie twór Jedna z najsłynniejszych powieści największego polskiego powieściopisarza. Taaa.... Niezła ściema. "Krzyżacy" to zwykłe barachło. W dodatku barachło pełne patologii. Chciwość, złośliwość, podwójna moralność, zazdrość, głupota ogólna i zapędy do osób nieletnich to norma wśród bohatyruw (przeinaczenie celowe, wręcz złośliwe). A gdy przychodzi do opisania Krzyżaków/Niemców poziom patologii osiąga wartości kosmiczne. Ci są źli, bo są źli, chciwi i źli. Niby wiadomo kiedy i z jakim przesłanie twór ten powstał, ale to i tak nie szczególnie ratuje to przed kiepską oceną. Fabularnie jest to taka manga typu shonen. Jedna z tych przeciętnych, na zachodzie niemal nieznanych. Historia jest wyraźnie naciągana tu i tam, a główni bohatyrowie, nieważne ile razy dostali by po nosie, po chwili odpoczynku znów są zdrowi, do boju gotowi i silniejsi niż wcześniej. Choć czasem zdarzają się fragmenty faktycznie przykuwające uwagę, to stylizacja językowa nieraz utrudnia wczytanie się na dłużej. Jedyną faktyczną zaletą tej pozycji jest fakt, że po trzech tygodniach tortur udało mi się ja skończyć.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dima Afonin

    Символично дочитал аккурат ко дню независимости Польши : ) Что можно сказать: типичный Сенкевич. 50% погони за дамой сердца при трагических обстоятельствах, 30% рыцарской бравады, 10% эпической битвы и 10% шляхетской хитрости. На каждой странице —обязательное упоминание Иисуса или другой личности из широкого ассортимента канонизированных курией или польской церковью святых. Много исторических персонажей, вшитых в сюжет белыми нитками (все непременно испытывают большое почтение к главному герою). Символично дочитал аккурат ко дню независимости Польши : ) Что можно сказать: типичный Сенкевич. 50% погони за дамой сердца при трагических обстоятельствах, 30% рыцарской бравады, 10% эпической битвы и 10% шляхетской хитрости. На каждой странице — обязательное упоминание Иисуса или другой личности из широкого ассортимента канонизированных курией или польской церковью святых. Много исторических персонажей, вшитых в сюжет белыми нитками (все непременно испытывают большое почтение к главному герою). Если читаешь как фентези, оторваться невозможно : )

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    What I've learned from this book: 1. The Teutonic Knights were assholes. 2. Polish men are insanely strong. Like so strong they can bend iron with their bare hands and leap over horses while fully clad in armor. 3. Anyone named Jagienka is awesome. I am absolutely infatuated with the characters in this story. It's such a ridiculous and overblown tale, but it's so charmingly told that it doesn't matter. I was constantly bemoaning Zbyzsko's wrongheadedness and laughing at the Sieur de Lorche's desire What I've learned from this book: 1. The Teutonic Knights were assholes. 2. Polish men are insanely strong. Like so strong they can bend iron with their bare hands and leap over horses while fully clad in armor. 3. Anyone named Jagienka is awesome. I am absolutely infatuated with the characters in this story. It's such a ridiculous and overblown tale, but it's so charmingly told that it doesn't matter. I was constantly bemoaning Zbyzsko's wrongheadedness and laughing at the Sieur de Lorche's desire to save maidens from dragons and adoring Jagienka for everything. I will definitely be reading more Sienkiewicz. And maybe taking a primer on how to pronounce Polish names.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nickolai

    Название не совсем точно отражает содержание книги. Этот роман не столько о рыцарях Тевтонского ордена, сколько о поляках и их жизни накануне Грюнвальдской битвы. Тут есть и приключения, и интрига, и классический любовный треугольник. Начало довольно тяжелое, но книга очень быстро набирает обороты, становится легкой и интересной.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gabor Hernadi

    Historical novel about the age of knights. It's relatively fast pacing and interesting but I have a feeling that I would've enjoyed it much more in my teenage years. Now the dated look of life, glorification of war, the blind faith infiltrating the everyday life and treating women as second rate beings just alienating me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    მორისონა 'ა

    კარგი წიგნი პოლონეთის ისტორიის შესახებ, პოლონელი რაინდების ხედვა და ყოველდღიურობა ასევე ჯვაროსნებისადმი დამოკიდებულება და რაც მთავარია კარგად საკითხავი, სასწრაფოდ მეორე ნაწილი კითხვას საჭიროებს რადგან პირველი ისეთ მომენტში მთავრდება გაგრძელებას გთხოვს გული კარგი წიგნი პოლონეთის ისტორიის შესახებ, პოლონელი რაინდების ხედვა და ყოველდღიურობა ასევე ჯვაროსნებისადმი დამოკიდებულება და რაც მთავარია კარგად საკითხავი, სასწრაფოდ მეორე ნაწილი კითხვას საჭიროებს რადგან პირველი ისეთ მომენტში მთავრდება გაგრძელებას გთხოვს გული ❤️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raigo Loide

    The book is skilfully written, easy to read and offers enjoyable historical atmosphere but is extremely subjective. The Polish knights are all brave and honourable, the Teutonic knights are evil and sneaky. It`s too black and white for my taste. The book is skilfully written, easy to read and offers enjoyable historical atmosphere but is extremely subjective. The Polish knights are all brave and honourable, the Teutonic knights are evil and sneaky. It`s too black and white for my taste.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patlejchová

    Klasický historický román, který vtáhne do děje a donutí číst 3 dny v kuse.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tulbure Alexandru

    “Mergea un orb pe drum si s a impiedicat de o piatra. A cazut pentru ca era orb, dar motivul era piatra. Drezdenko este o astfel de piatra.”

  19. 5 out of 5

    侯 二六

    就算現在如此慘澹,這片土地上的先人也曾輝煌過。於是顯克維奇描繪波蘭人如何將佔地為王的十字軍逐出國土,選了個大歷史中的小人物當主角,或許因此他們的頑強抵抗——無論對命運或其他——才更令讀者認同。(寫於2008年) 全文:https://hou26.org/zeta/national.htm

  20. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Chyba najgorsza książka, jaką próbowałam przeczytać. Nie dało się, zanudziłam się niemalże na śmierć po pierwszych kilku rozdziałach.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tatsiana

    Интересно, но не затягивало. Такой ровный исторический роман.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danail Yordanov

    My favorite book ever! It's amazing author and amazing history!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dalibor

    Skvělá historická kniha z období kolem roku 1400. Války mezi německými rytíři a Polskem.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steve R

    Rather predictable Sienkiewicz if one is familiar with his historical trilogy. The hero, Zbyszko, meets and falls heavily for a near-perfect heroine, Danusia, manages through his headlong nature to get into difficulties which necessitate his being separated from her for nigh-on 80% of the novel, only to overcome the bad guys and get back with her at the end. The wrinkles of difference in this novel are that she dies at the end, and the almost total lack of any serious political or historical Rather predictable Sienkiewicz if one is familiar with his historical trilogy. The hero, Zbyszko, meets and falls heavily for a near-perfect heroine, Danusia, manages through his headlong nature to get into difficulties which necessitate his being separated from her for nigh-on 80% of the novel, only to overcome the bad guys and get back with her at the end. The wrinkles of difference in this novel are that she dies at the end, and the almost total lack of any serious political or historical detail. That is, except for the excruciatingly bad villians that the Order of the title are made out to be. The Knights are Germans who use Christianity as a pretext to loot, murder, rape and plunder supposedly pagan peoples. The character of Zygfried, who blinds, maims and rips the tongue from the heroine's father, is particularly despicable, while the hero's uncle, Macko, is a pale imitation of the trilogy's Zagloba, except for his keen sense of industry when it comes to building up his family's estates. A thoroughly enjoyable read, but a bit inconclusive since the subplot of Jagienka - a thoroughly loveable tomboy who falls for the hero in a big way despite realizing that he belongs to another - is left rather undetermined, and the final line - 'the further events in the life of Zbyszko will be dealt with in a subsequent volume' appears to have never been carried out. Checking out this title on Wikipaedia, I discovered that it had been made into a movie in 1960, The Knights of the Teutonic Order', which I actually had. Watching it, I was amazed at how faithful they wereto the story - no new characters, the good guys were good and the bad guys bad - just one twist when a good guy doesn't get killed in the movie like he did in the novel, but instead lives to denounce the nefarious deeds of the sadistic German Knights of the Cross. Then, the movie goes on about 40 minutes of its overall 2½ hr running time withevents which occurred AFTER the end of the novel - at least in my translation, including the triumphal Battle of Grunwald, wherein the heroic Polish rout the forces of the German Knights of the Cross. Then, Zbysko is shown to finally get together with Jagienka, as one would have assumed to happen after the death of Danusia, but which one had to just 'assume' due to the relatively abrupt termination of the novel (or, at least, my translation of its original Polish version). Much more satisfying ending in the movie than in the novel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hanna Kuzyo

    http://ptashkabook.blogspot.com/2016/... Історичні романи - це "фішка" Генріха Сенкевича. Саме роман "Хрестоносці" прославив його, як письменника, і прочитавши його, я не дивуюсь. Написаний твір трошки складно, на перший погляд, але через 10-20 сторінок ти вливаєшся в цей стиль, в дещо застарілу мову, в ці художні образи та довгі описи. Ще 10 сторінок - і тебе захоплює цікавий сюжет з безліччю історичних посилань (що заслуговує уваги та поваги). В "Хрестоносцях" можна знайти цікаву розповідь про http://ptashkabook.blogspot.com/2016/... Історичні романи - це "фішка" Генріха Сенкевича. Саме роман "Хрестоносці" прославив його, як письменника, і прочитавши його, я не дивуюсь. Написаний твір трошки складно, на перший погляд, але через 10-20 сторінок ти вливаєшся в цей стиль, в дещо застарілу мову, в ці художні образи та довгі описи. Ще 10 сторінок - і тебе захоплює цікавий сюжет з безліччю історичних посилань (що заслуговує уваги та поваги). В "Хрестоносцях" можна знайти цікаву розповідь про те, хто і які ж вони ті лицарі середньовіччя, а ще безліч цікавих речей: - польські та литовські лицарські імена (Збышко из Богданца, Ясько из Згожелиц, Юранд из Спыхова, Повала из Тачева...) - вдачу людей та їх здібності (на приклад сильні жінки, які могли заколоти ведмедя або зігнути металевий тесак навпіл) - цікавий одяг деяких народів того часу ("На плечи у воинов были наброшены волчьи, рысьи и медвежьи шкуры, на головах торчали то кабаньи клыки, то оленьи рога, то косматые уши, и если бы не лес копий и не осмоленные луки да полные стрел колчаны за спинами - сзади, особенно в тумане, могло показаться, что это целые косяки диких зверей двинулись из лесных дебрей и уходят, гонимые жаждой крови или голодом. Было в этом нечто страшное и в то же время такое необычайное, словно взору открылось вдруг поразительное зрелище, когда, по поверью, срываются и уходят из лесу куда глаза глядят не только дикие звери, но даже кусты и камни.") - природу того часу: непрохідні поліські болота, де лише місцеві могли пройти, не загрузнувши, надзвичайне природне багатство, яке на той час навіть в західній Європі вже почало зникати. - надзвичайно цікаві мисливські традиції (участь жінок, величезна кількість дичини, тощо)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alex Chapay

    W czasach Sienkiewicza źródeł informacji było nieco mniej niż dziś, a odnalezienie zapisów o Polsce XIV-XV wieków było szczególnie nieprostym zadaniem. Więc oddać szacunek autorowi trzeba przynajmniej za to, że potrafił tę wiedzę historyczną właściwie użyć i stworzyć daną książkę. Od samego początku w oczy się rzuca starożytny język polski (który prawdopodobnie jest prawdziwą karą dla tłumaczy). Jako obcokrajowiec, miałem trudności z czytaniem tego dzieła, ale po kilku działach już nie W czasach Sienkiewicza źródeł informacji było nieco mniej niż dziś, a odnalezienie zapisów o Polsce XIV-XV wieków było szczególnie nieprostym zadaniem. Więc oddać szacunek autorowi trzeba przynajmniej za to, że potrafił tę wiedzę historyczną właściwie użyć i stworzyć daną książkę. Od samego początku w oczy się rzuca starożytny język polski (który prawdopodobnie jest prawdziwą karą dla tłumaczy). Jako obcokrajowiec, miałem trudności z czytaniem tego dzieła, ale po kilku działach już nie przejmowałem się tym. Inaczej było z treścią. Wydaje się, że dzieje się wiele różnych rzeczy, bowiem cały czas miejsce akcji się zmienia, ktoś umiera, ktoś się rodzi. Natomiast stwarza się uczucie, że gdy usunąć te szczegółowe opisy, które czasami się powtarzają, to cała książka schudnie przynajmniej o połowę. Czasami pojawiały się sprzeczności w charakterach postaci (np. Czech, giermek Zbyszka w jednym fragmencie boi się sił wyższych, a trochę później już nie bardzo). Jak już wcześniej powiedziałem, dobrze ukazać zachowanie polaków i innych narodów w owych czasach nie jest łatwo. Natomiast gdy Sienkiewiczu się udało, i gdy wszyscy naprawdę zachowywali się w taki sposób, to muszę stwierdzić, że tamci ludzie były trochę dziwne. I niestety nie jest to uwaga pozytywna, chociaż i nie do końca negatywna. Jako osoba niewierząca czasami dziwiłem się treści książki, ale uważam, że zdanie "Kupcie, panie, ode mnie dwie albo trzy krople potu św. Jerzego, które wylał, ze smokiem walcząc" wyda się dziwnym nawet osobie religijnej. Nie mogę powiedzieć, że książka bardzo mi się spodobała. Jest dobra, ale dać więcej niż trzy nie mogę.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Arcey

    Historický epos z konca temného stredoveku, verne zobrazená doba plná klamstiev, predsudkov, mylne vykladaných skutočností a bitka o vieru za cenu krívd, krvi a spálenej zemi. Príbeh rytierov Macka a Zbyska z Bogdanca zachytáva šesť veľkých rokov pred bitkou pri Grunwalde. Autor získal za toto dielo Nobelovu cenu za literatúru a nie je sa čomu čudovať. Realisticky zobrazené životy v Poľsku, ktoré sužovala Rehoľa Nemeckých rytierov, ktorá na úkor pokrestančovania používala všetky prostriedky a Historický epos z konca temného stredoveku, verne zobrazená doba plná klamstiev, predsudkov, mylne vykladaných skutočností a bitka o vieru za cenu krívd, krvi a spálenej zemi. Príbeh rytierov Macka a Zbyska z Bogdanca zachytáva šesť veľkých rokov pred bitkou pri Grunwalde. Autor získal za toto dielo Nobelovu cenu za literatúru a nie je sa čomu čudovať. Realisticky zobrazené životy v Poľsku, ktoré sužovala Rehoľa Nemeckých rytierov, ktorá na úkor pokrestančovania používala všetky prostriedky a prvotný cieľ sa s pribúdajúcou mocou zmenil. Čitateľ sleduje jednotlivé krivdy a zažíva trápenie hrdinov akoby stál po ich boku, miestami ale má pocit, že prevláda snaha o bitie sa do pŕs a budovanie národneho povedomia ako skutočné obrazy doby. Autor ale pretavuje svoje historické znalosti do skutočne bohatého diela, v ktorom sa objavujú skutočné historické osobnosti doby na úsvite 15.storočia vo Veľkopoľsku, Mazovsku či na územi Rehole. Kniha vrcholí Veľkou vojnou a bitkou, ktorá poslala Reholu do úzadia a z Poľska spravila vtedajšiu veľmoc.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Piet Michael

    Jak tu zaczac? Byc moze o tak: Jestem Polonista, z tym ze zdolalem zdac egzaminy bez Sienkiewicza, z czego bylem szczesliwy, poniewaz mialem w zakamarkach okropna ekranizacje "Krzyzakow" z lat powojennych. Teraz, lata pozniej, mialem odwage i stwierdzilem, iz ksiazka nie jest wcale taka zla. Dlaczego? Dlatego, ze mozna ja takze czytac jako czysto przygodowa. Nie, nalegam nawet, zeby nie czytac jej z powodu historycznego, lub informacyjnego! Albowiem miary dziewietnastowieczne, t.j. Jak tu zaczac? Byc moze o tak: Jestem Polonista, z tym ze zdolalem zdac egzaminy bez Sienkiewicza, z czego bylem szczesliwy, poniewaz mialem w zakamarkach okropna ekranizacje "Krzyzakow" z lat powojennych. Teraz, lata pozniej, mialem odwage i stwierdzilem, iz ksiazka nie jest wcale taka zla. Dlaczego? Dlatego, ze mozna ja takze czytac jako czysto przygodowa. Nie, nalegam nawet, zeby nie czytac jej z powodu historycznego, lub informacyjnego! Albowiem miary dziewietnastowieczne, t.j. nacjonalistyczne i szowinistyczne, nie daja sie utrzymac w Sredniowieczu. Owszem, slowa "Niemcy", lub "Polacy" sa starsze, i mozna je uzytkowac w celu ulatwienia. W dzisiejszych czasach mozna szanowac po pierwsze dobry plot przygodowy, i ponadto efekty tego, co nazywamy "Nationbuilding" (My a inni).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mona

    I hated it. I just genuinely hated this book. It was my obligatory reading in high school and I've only managed to finish the first chapter before throwing it away. And I can't really explain what exactly pissed me off. There is another one of his works ("Potop") on the reading list, and the funny thing is almost everyone I know, who read them, either likes "Krzyżacy" or "Potop" (or neither), but never both. I guess it's like "cat pople" and "dog people" or coffe and tea. Liking one of them I hated it. I just genuinely hated this book. It was my obligatory reading in high school and I've only managed to finish the first chapter before throwing it away. And I can't really explain what exactly pissed me off. There is another one of his works ("Potop") on the reading list, and the funny thing is almost everyone I know, who read them, either likes "Krzyżacy" or "Potop" (or neither), but never both. I guess it's like "cat pople" and "dog people" or coffe and tea. Liking one of them somehow makes you dislike the other. So, what I wanted to say is that this review is in no way even trying to be objective.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Кристина

    Страшно много ми хареса-толкова е близко до нас!

  31. 4 out of 5

    Lora Grigorova

    The Knights of the Cross: http://readwithstyle.wordpress.com/20... If you are looking for a historical novel, probably the best choice is the Polish journalist and Noble-prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz. Born in the Russian-ruled Poland in the middle of the 19th century, Sienkiewicz wrote most of his historical novels set during the Polish Republic or Commonwealth. What can be noted about him is his negative portrayal of the German knights of the cross. This idea is most evident in the historical The Knights of the Cross: http://readwithstyle.wordpress.com/20... If you are looking for a historical novel, probably the best choice is the Polish journalist and Noble-prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz. Born in the Russian-ruled Poland in the middle of the 19th century, Sienkiewicz wrote most of his historical novels set during the Polish Republic or Commonwealth. What can be noted about him is his negative portrayal of the German knights of the cross. This idea is most evident in the historical novel The Knights of the Cross. The Knights of the Cross is set in the 14th century and it depicts the clash between the Poland kingdom, one of the most powerful kingdoms at that time, and the German knights of the cross. The conversion to Christianity is at its peak and most of the nations in Europe are already baptized. The German knights of the cross and the Polish kingdom struggle for influence in the Christian world. Through the story of a common knight, the Polish Zbishko and his uncle Machko, Sienkiewicz condemns the avarice, hypocrisy, and corruption of the German monks. The latter use God to justify their cruel and selfish actions, aimed not to baptize the European nations, but to increase their power and influence. Hidden behind Christianity as an excuse, the German knights of the cross subordinate the nations through murders, executions, and wars. Sienkiewicz, as a Polish citizen, is of course subjective, but he amazes the reader with his extensive historical knowledge and understanding. Read more: http://readwithstyle.wordpress.com/20...

  32. 4 out of 5

    Czarny Pies

    The Teutonic Knights is one of my least favourite works by Henryk Sienkiewicz the author of a great Trilogy about the wars in that took place in the mid 17th century in Poland as well of Quo Vadis a remarkable book about the Christian persecution at Rome at the time of Nero. The problem might be that there is a great deal more source material for the author to have drawn on for the other two historical periods than is the case for the era of the Teutonic Knights. Sienkiewicz's descriptions of The Teutonic Knights is one of my least favourite works by Henryk Sienkiewicz the author of a great Trilogy about the wars in that took place in the mid 17th century in Poland as well of Quo Vadis a remarkable book about the Christian persecution at Rome at the time of Nero. The problem might be that there is a great deal more source material for the author to have drawn on for the other two historical periods than is the case for the era of the Teutonic Knights. Sienkiewicz's descriptions of the political struggles of the time period in which the Teutonic Knights is set are half-hearted and desultory. He simply chooses to demonize the Germans. As a devote Catholic he avoids the issue of why on earth the Pope allowed the Teutonic Knights to continue their depredations after the Eastern Baltic converted to Christianity. The Teutonic Knights were a crusading order of Priest-Knights founded in 12th Century in Acre which is in modern day Israel. In 1230 they moved to East Prussia nominally to Christianize the Prussians. Their presence certainly speeded the conversion of the Lithuanians and Poles. The Prussians were simply exterminated. As the civilian atrocities continued after the conversions and the Popes decided to maintain their charter, the Lithuanians and Poles banded together to put a stop to their depredations. With a decisive victory at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410, the Poles and Lithuanians put an end to the expansion of the Teutonic Knights as their attacks on Polish and Lithuanian settlements. The German settlers that the Knights brought to their territory took the name of the extinct Prussians. Their state would survive and would lead the drive towards German unification in the 18th and 17th Centuries. In 1945, the Russians liquidated East Prussia bringing an end to the state created by the Teutonic Knights. You may be motivated to read the Teutonic Knights either because you love medieval historical novels or because you are Polish. You most readers the book will be simply long-winded and morose. Sienkiewicz's Trilogy has many moments of humour. In particular, the first volume, "With Fire and Sword" has the gaiety of an Alexandre Dumas novel. However, wit and comedy is entirely absent from the "Teutonic Knights" with the exception of one delightful passage where a relics peddler arrives selling rungs from Jacob's ladder. Without the Dumas gaiety is gone, the "Teutonic Knights" becomes a very mean-spirited "Ivanhoe." Sienkiewicz appears to have been written the "Teutonic Knights" in reaction to Germany's 19th Century Kulturkampf in which it attempted to suppress the Polish language and Catholic institutions in its Eastern territories. A modern reader might sympathize with Sienkiewicz's outrage but still the tone is unpleasant for a North American reader living in the 21st Century. What is clear is that after the horrific events of World War II in which Poland lost one sixth of its population, anti-German feelings ran high amongst the Poles assuring that the "Teutonic Knights" would enjoy great popularity in Poland throughout the second-half of the twentieth century. This novel certainly tells you more about Post WWII Poland, than it does about the 15th Century that is set it.

  33. 5 out of 5

    Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk

    This is an entertaining read full of over-the-top romanticism and lots of cliche... but then, it is a child of its times. If you've read it then I strongly advise seeing the film which sticks closely to the book (the director could hardly drift away from what is a much loved book amongst the Poles). The film, also, is a child of its times; there's that great "Seig Heil" moment that puts the Teutonic assault on the Poles and Lithuanians in a historical setting!

  34. 5 out of 5

    Barney

    This book was well written. The medieval theme appealed to me, and I enjoyed reading about medieval custom and war, about how things worked, and about duels and unrequited love. That being said, the book provides a completely one-sided view of the events it describes. The Polish, whose side the writer obviously stands on, are always presented as living legends, strong like bulls and as honourable as humanly possible. Each and every one is extreme in his virtue, passion and valiance, while also This book was well written. The medieval theme appealed to me, and I enjoyed reading about medieval custom and war, about how things worked, and about duels and unrequited love. That being said, the book provides a completely one-sided view of the events it describes. The Polish, whose side the writer obviously stands on, are always presented as living legends, strong like bulls and as honourable as humanly possible. Each and every one is extreme in his virtue, passion and valiance, while also harbouring a hatred for the Teutonic knights, as larger than life as himself. The Teutonic knights, on the other hand, are presented as monstrous deceivers, who mainly achieve their goals through trickery and deceit. They are often presented cruel and heartless, and are very close to the typical villain. All this gives the book an awkward feel. It is evident it was written from the Polish side, but it is not presented that way: an omniscient narrator is used, instead of first-person account, which would give enough cause to present things in such a one-sided manner. Also, another grudge of mine is that everything is so romantic and idealized. This is mainly seen in the subplot revolving around the protagonist's love story, but finds its way into everything, from knightly duels to how the characters speak. I read that the book was written at a time that there was no Polish state, and it was an effort to unite the Polish people, and an allegorical one, as well. However, even after realizing this, I couldn't forgive the book. If you think you could, for an account of medieval wars and knightly deeds, then this book is for you.

  35. 5 out of 5

    Kris Trelski

    For me, this is a best book ever. It's well researched. Most events mentioned actually took place, you just have to look around. Because it was written in 1900 its language may be little out of date. Now you can read the latest translation on-line at: theteutonicknights.blogspot.com

  36. 5 out of 5

    Msr2d2

    Jedna z najsłynniejszych powieści największego polskiego powieściopisarza. Taaa.... Niezła ściema. "Krzyżacy" to zwykłe barachło. W dodatku barachło pełne patologii. Chciwość, złośliwość, podwójna moralność, zazdrość, głupota ogólna i zapędy do osób nieletnich to norma wśród bohatyruw (przeinaczenie celowe, wręcz złośliwe). A gdy przychodzi do opisania Krzyżaków/Niemców poziom patologii osiąga wartości kosmiczne. Ci są źli, bo są źli, chciwi i źli. Niby wiadomo kiedy i z jakim przesłanie twór Jedna z najsłynniejszych powieści największego polskiego powieściopisarza. Taaa.... Niezła ściema. "Krzyżacy" to zwykłe barachło. W dodatku barachło pełne patologii. Chciwość, złośliwość, podwójna moralność, zazdrość, głupota ogólna i zapędy do osób nieletnich to norma wśród bohatyruw (przeinaczenie celowe, wręcz złośliwe). A gdy przychodzi do opisania Krzyżaków/Niemców poziom patologii osiąga wartości kosmiczne. Ci są źli, bo są źli, chciwi i źli. Niby wiadomo kiedy i z jakim przesłanie twór ten powstał, ale to i tak nie szczególnie ratuje to przed kiepską oceną. Fabularnie jest to taka manga typu shonen. Jedna z tych przeciętnych, na zachodzie niemal nieznanych. Historia jest wyraźnie naciągana tu i tam, a główni bohatyrowie, nieważne ile razy dostali by po nosie, po chwili odpoczynku znów są zdrowi, do boju gotowi i silniejsi niż wcześniej. Choć czasem zdarzają się fragmenty faktycznie przykuwające uwagę, to stylizacja językowa nieraz utrudnia wczytanie się na dłużej. Jedyną faktyczną zaletą tej pozycji jest fakt, że po trzech tygodniach tortur udało mi się ja skończyć.

  37. 5 out of 5

    Piet Michael

    Jak tu zaczac? Byc moze o tak: Jestem Polonista, z tym ze zdolalem zdac egzaminy bez Sienkiewicza, z czego bylem szczesliwy, poniewaz mialem w zakamarkach okropna ekranizacje "Krzyzakow" z lat powojennych. Teraz, lata pozniej, mialem odwage i stwierdzilem, iz ksiazka nie jest wcale taka zla. Dlaczego? Dlatego, ze mozna ja takze czytac jako czysto przygodowa. Nie, nalegam nawet, zeby nie czytac jej z powodu historycznego, lub informacyjnego! Albowiem miary dziewietnastowieczne, t.j. Jak tu zaczac? Byc moze o tak: Jestem Polonista, z tym ze zdolalem zdac egzaminy bez Sienkiewicza, z czego bylem szczesliwy, poniewaz mialem w zakamarkach okropna ekranizacje "Krzyzakow" z lat powojennych. Teraz, lata pozniej, mialem odwage i stwierdzilem, iz ksiazka nie jest wcale taka zla. Dlaczego? Dlatego, ze mozna ja takze czytac jako czysto przygodowa. Nie, nalegam nawet, zeby nie czytac jej z powodu historycznego, lub informacyjnego! Albowiem miary dziewietnastowieczne, t.j. nacjonalistyczne i szowinistyczne, nie daja sie utrzymac w Sredniowieczu. Owszem, slowa "Niemcy", lub "Polacy" sa starsze, i mozna je uzytkowac w celu ulatwienia. W dzisiejszych czasach mozna szanowac po pierwsze dobry plot przygodowy, i ponadto efekty tego, co nazywamy "Nationbuilding" (My a inni).

  38. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    Incredible, amazing novel! I cannot really explain what I liked most about it, but it accounted for lots of strong emotions I experienced while reading it. I read it in Polish original version 'Krzyżacy' and Russian translation 'Крестоносцы'.

  39. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This is the book that started me on a path to a History Degree. The characters and story were so engaging that I was actually upset that Medieval Poland is forgotten about in pop culture and textbooks. It saddens me that it is not better known.

  40. 4 out of 5

    Arcey

    Historický epos z konca temného stredoveku, verne zobrazená doba plná klamstiev, predsudkov, mylne vykladaných skutočností a bitka o vieru za cenu krívd, krvi a spálenej zemi. Príbeh rytierov Macka a Zbyska z Bogdanca zachytáva šesť veľkých rokov pred bitkou pri Grunwalde. Autor získal za toto dielo Nobelovu cenu za literatúru a nie je sa čomu čudovať. Realisticky zobrazené životy v Poľsku, ktoré sužovala Rehoľa Nemeckých rytierov, ktorá na úkor pokrestančovania používala všetky prostriedky a Historický epos z konca temného stredoveku, verne zobrazená doba plná klamstiev, predsudkov, mylne vykladaných skutočností a bitka o vieru za cenu krívd, krvi a spálenej zemi. Príbeh rytierov Macka a Zbyska z Bogdanca zachytáva šesť veľkých rokov pred bitkou pri Grunwalde. Autor získal za toto dielo Nobelovu cenu za literatúru a nie je sa čomu čudovať. Realisticky zobrazené životy v Poľsku, ktoré sužovala Rehoľa Nemeckých rytierov, ktorá na úkor pokrestančovania používala všetky prostriedky a prvotný cieľ sa s pribúdajúcou mocou zmenil. Čitateľ sleduje jednotlivé krivdy a zažíva trápenie hrdinov akoby stál po ich boku, miestami ale má pocit, že prevláda snaha o bitie sa do pŕs a budovanie národneho povedomia ako skutočné obrazy doby. Autor ale pretavuje svoje historické znalosti do skutočne bohatého diela, v ktorom sa objavujú skutočné historické osobnosti doby na úsvite 15.storočia vo Veľkopoľsku, Mazovsku či na územi Rehole. Kniha vrcholí Veľkou vojnou a bitkou, ktorá poslala Reholu do úzadia a z Poľska spravila vtedajšiu veľmoc.

  41. 5 out of 5

    Alex Chapay

    W czasach Sienkiewicza źródeł informacji było nieco mniej niż dziś, a odnalezienie zapisów o Polsce XIV-XV wieków było szczególnie nieprostym zadaniem. Więc oddać szacunek autorowi trzeba przynajmniej za to, że potrafił tę wiedzę historyczną właściwie użyć i stworzyć daną książkę. Od samego początku w oczy się rzuca starożytny język polski (który prawdopodobnie jest prawdziwą karą dla tłumaczy). Jako obcokrajowiec, miałem trudności z czytaniem tego dzieła, ale po kilku działach już nie W czasach Sienkiewicza źródeł informacji było nieco mniej niż dziś, a odnalezienie zapisów o Polsce XIV-XV wieków było szczególnie nieprostym zadaniem. Więc oddać szacunek autorowi trzeba przynajmniej za to, że potrafił tę wiedzę historyczną właściwie użyć i stworzyć daną książkę. Od samego początku w oczy się rzuca starożytny język polski (który prawdopodobnie jest prawdziwą karą dla tłumaczy). Jako obcokrajowiec, miałem trudności z czytaniem tego dzieła, ale po kilku działach już nie przejmowałem się tym. Inaczej było z treścią. Wydaje się, że dzieje się wiele różnych rzeczy, bowiem cały czas miejsce akcji się zmienia, ktoś umiera, ktoś się rodzi. Natomiast stwarza się uczucie, że gdy usunąć te szczegółowe opisy, które czasami się powtarzają, to cała książka schudnie przynajmniej o połowę. Czasami pojawiały się sprzeczności w charakterach postaci (np. Czech, giermek Zbyszka w jednym fragmencie boi się sił wyższych, a trochę później już nie bardzo). Jak już wcześniej powiedziałem, dobrze ukazać zachowanie polaków i innych narodów w owych czasach nie jest łatwo. Natomiast gdy Sienkiewiczu się udało, i gdy wszyscy naprawdę zachowywali się w taki sposób, to muszę stwierdzić, że tamci ludzie były trochę dziwne. I niestety nie jest to uwaga pozytywna, chociaż i nie do końca negatywna. Jako osoba niewierząca czasami dziwiłem się treści książki, ale uważam, że zdanie "Kupcie, panie, ode mnie dwie albo trzy krople potu św. Jerzego, które wylał, ze smokiem walcząc" wyda się dziwnym nawet osobie religijnej. Nie mogę powiedzieć, że książka bardzo mi się spodobała. Jest dobra, ale dać więcej niż trzy nie mogę.

  42. 4 out of 5

    Steve R

    Rather predictable Sienkiewicz if one is familiar with his historical trilogy. The hero, Zbyszko, meets and falls heavily for a near-perfect heroine, Danusia, manages through his headlong nature to get into difficulties which necessitate his being separated from her for nigh-on 80% of the novel, only to overcome the bad guys and get back with her at the end. The wrinkles of difference in this novel are that she dies at the end, and the almost total lack of any serious political or historical Rather predictable Sienkiewicz if one is familiar with his historical trilogy. The hero, Zbyszko, meets and falls heavily for a near-perfect heroine, Danusia, manages through his headlong nature to get into difficulties which necessitate his being separated from her for nigh-on 80% of the novel, only to overcome the bad guys and get back with her at the end. The wrinkles of difference in this novel are that she dies at the end, and the almost total lack of any serious political or historical detail. That is, except for the excruciatingly bad villians that the Order of the title are made out to be. The Knights are Germans who use Christianity as a pretext to loot, murder, rape and plunder supposedly pagan peoples. The character of Zygfried, who blinds, maims and rips the tongue from the heroine's father, is particularly despicable, while the hero's uncle, Macko, is a pale imitation of the trilogy's Zagloba, except for his keen sense of industry when it comes to building up his family's estates. A thoroughly enjoyable read, but a bit inconclusive since the subplot of Jagienka - a thoroughly loveable tomboy who falls for the hero in a big way despite realizing that he belongs to another - is left rather undetermined, and the final line - 'the further events in the life of Zbyszko will be dealt with in a subsequent volume' appears to have never been carried out. Checking out this title on Wikipaedia, I discovered that it had been made into a movie in 1960, The Knights of the Teutonic Order', which I actually had. Watching it, I was amazed at how faithful they wereto the story - no new characters, the good guys were good and the bad guys bad - just one twist when a good guy doesn't get killed in the movie like he did in the novel, but instead lives to denounce the nefarious deeds of the sadistic German Knights of the Cross. Then, the movie goes on about 40 minutes of its overall 2½ hr running time withevents which occurred AFTER the end of the novel - at least in my translation, including the triumphal Battle of Grunwald, wherein the heroic Polish rout the forces of the German Knights of the Cross. Then, Zbysko is shown to finally get together with Jagienka, as one would have assumed to happen after the death of Danusia, but which one had to just 'assume' due to the relatively abrupt termination of the novel (or, at least, my translation of its original Polish version). Much more satisfying ending in the movie than in the novel.

  43. 4 out of 5

    Hanna Kuzyo

    http://ptashkabook.blogspot.com/2016/... Історичні романи - це "фішка" Генріха Сенкевича. Саме роман "Хрестоносці" прославив його, як письменника, і прочитавши його, я не дивуюсь. Написаний твір трошки складно, на перший погляд, але через 10-20 сторінок ти вливаєшся в цей стиль, в дещо застарілу мову, в ці художні образи та довгі описи. Ще 10 сторінок - і тебе захоплює цікавий сюжет з безліччю історичних посилань (що заслуговує уваги та поваги). В "Хрестоносцях" можна знайти цікаву розповідь про http://ptashkabook.blogspot.com/2016/... Історичні романи - це "фішка" Генріха Сенкевича. Саме роман "Хрестоносці" прославив його, як письменника, і прочитавши його, я не дивуюсь. Написаний твір трошки складно, на перший погляд, але через 10-20 сторінок ти вливаєшся в цей стиль, в дещо застарілу мову, в ці художні образи та довгі описи. Ще 10 сторінок - і тебе захоплює цікавий сюжет з безліччю історичних посилань (що заслуговує уваги та поваги). В "Хрестоносцях" можна знайти цікаву розповідь про те, хто і які ж вони ті лицарі середньовіччя, а ще безліч цікавих речей: - польські та литовські лицарські імена (Збышко из Богданца, Ясько из Згожелиц, Юранд из Спыхова, Повала из Тачева...) - вдачу людей та їх здібності (на приклад сильні жінки, які могли заколоти ведмедя або зігнути металевий тесак навпіл) - цікавий одяг деяких народів того часу ("На плечи у воинов были наброшены волчьи, рысьи и медвежьи шкуры, на головах торчали то кабаньи клыки, то оленьи рога, то косматые уши, и если бы не лес копий и не осмоленные луки да полные стрел колчаны за спинами - сзади, особенно в тумане, могло показаться, что это целые косяки диких зверей двинулись из лесных дебрей и уходят, гонимые жаждой крови или голодом. Было в этом нечто страшное и в то же время такое необычайное, словно взору открылось вдруг поразительное зрелище, когда, по поверью, срываются и уходят из лесу куда глаза глядят не только дикие звери, но даже кусты и камни.") - природу того часу: непрохідні поліські болота, де лише місцеві могли пройти, не загрузнувши, надзвичайне природне багатство, яке на той час навіть в західній Європі вже почало зникати. - надзвичайно цікаві мисливські традиції (участь жінок, величезна кількість дичини, тощо)

  44. 5 out of 5

    Pēteris Paikens

    Bija tīri labi - nekas pārāk īpašs, bet lasījās labi, strauji, interesanti. Autors uzcītīgi (pārlieku?) mēģina radīt viduslaiku atmosfēru ar detalizētiem sīkumu aprakstiem, nu un tajā kontekstā ir klasisks 'piedzīvojumu stāsts' ar varoņiem, kuriem patīkami just līdzi. Vēsturiskumu gan bik čakarē strikti pārspīlētais labo/ļauno sadalījums, bet nu tas laikam 'varoņsāgām' piederas.

  45. 5 out of 5

    Emila

    Książka ta była moją lekturą. Byłam sceptycznie do niej nastawiona, ale już w trakcie czytania historii miłości Zbyszko i Danusi moje serce zmiękło. Pokochałam w pewien sposób tą książkę i nie żałuję, że ją przeczytałam. Polecam ją, choć sam odczyt może sprawiać trudność przez starodawny język, ale dla book reader'a to żaden problem.

  46. 5 out of 5

    Viel Nast

    you enter into medieval Poland and its struggle with the german knights of the cross. the hero a young knight passes through many adventurous tragic and sad until he finds true love, peace and fame. the narrative is excellent and you really live in that fantastic world of medieval conflict chivalry rivalry and national pride.

  47. 4 out of 5

    Gabor Hernadi

    Historical novel about the age of knights. It's relatively fast pacing and interesting but I have a feeling that I would've enjoyed it much more in my teenage years. Now the dated look of life, glorification of war, the blind faith infiltrating the everyday life and treating women as second rate beings just alienating me.

  48. 4 out of 5

    Mikuwashi

    O Boże ledwo to przeżyłam, czytając tę ksiązkę jako lekturę szkolną w gimnazjum. Tortury dla trzynastolatki. Z obrzydzeniem odłożyłam ją po przeczytaniu. A przeczytałam tylko dlatego, że na polskim wymagali.

  49. 5 out of 5

    Umut

    That was a wonderful book,when I read it I feel that era and all those kinghts and other stuffs "BUT" author is sympathizer of Poland & Lithuania for this reason it's kinda like propaganda book...

  50. 5 out of 5

    მორისონა 'ა

    კარგი წიგნი პოლონეთის ისტორიის შესახებ, პოლონელი რაინდების ხედვა და ყოველდღიურობა ასევე ჯვაროსნებისადმი დამოკიდებულება და რაც მთავარია კარგად საკითხავი, სასწრაფოდ მეორე ნაწილი კითხვას საჭიროებს რადგან პირველი ისეთ მომენტში მთავრდება გაგრძელებას გთხოვს გული კარგი წიგნი პოლონეთის ისტორიის შესახებ, პოლონელი რაინდების ხედვა და ყოველდღიურობა ასევე ჯვაროსნებისადმი დამოკიდებულება და რაც მთავარია კარგად საკითხავი, სასწრაფოდ მეორე ნაწილი კითხვას საჭიროებს რადგან პირველი ისეთ მომენტში მთავრდება გაგრძელებას გთხოვს გული ❤️

  51. 5 out of 5

    Mike Hill

    An amazing story that stirs the very soul! Outstanding tale of bravery, chivalry and love. An amazing story that stirs the very soul! Outstanding tale of bravery, chivalry and love. Every one should read this amazing story.

  52. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    What I've learned from this book: 1. The Teutonic Knights were assholes. 2. Polish men are insanely strong. Like so strong they can bend iron with their bare hands and leap over horses while fully clad in armor. 3. Anyone named Jagienka is awesome. I am absolutely infatuated with the characters in this story. It's such a ridiculous and overblown tale, but it's so charmingly told that it doesn't matter. I was constantly bemoaning Zbyzsko's wrongheadedness and laughing at the Sieur de Lorche's desire What I've learned from this book: 1. The Teutonic Knights were assholes. 2. Polish men are insanely strong. Like so strong they can bend iron with their bare hands and leap over horses while fully clad in armor. 3. Anyone named Jagienka is awesome. I am absolutely infatuated with the characters in this story. It's such a ridiculous and overblown tale, but it's so charmingly told that it doesn't matter. I was constantly bemoaning Zbyzsko's wrongheadedness and laughing at the Sieur de Lorche's desire to save maidens from dragons and adoring Jagienka for everything. I will definitely be reading more Sienkiewicz. And maybe taking a primer on how to pronounce Polish names.

  53. 5 out of 5

    侯 二六

    就算現在如此慘澹,這片土地上的先人也曾輝煌過。於是顯克維奇描繪波蘭人如何將佔地為王的十字軍逐出國土,選了個大歷史中的小人物當主角,或許因此他們的頑強抵抗——無論對命運或其他——才更令讀者認同。(寫於2008年) 全文:https://hou26.org/zeta/national.htm

  54. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Chyba najgorsza książka, jaką próbowałam przeczytać. Nie dało się, zanudziłam się niemalże na śmierć po pierwszych kilku rozdziałach.

  55. 4 out of 5

    Mona

    I hated it. I just genuinely hated this book. It was my obligatory reading in high school and I've only managed to finish the first chapter before throwing it away. And I can't really explain what exactly pissed me off. There is another one of his works ("Potop") on the reading list, and the funny thing is almost everyone I know, who read them, either likes "Krzyżacy" or "Potop" (or neither), but never both. I guess it's like "cat pople" and "dog people" or coffe and tea. Liking one of them I hated it. I just genuinely hated this book. It was my obligatory reading in high school and I've only managed to finish the first chapter before throwing it away. And I can't really explain what exactly pissed me off. There is another one of his works ("Potop") on the reading list, and the funny thing is almost everyone I know, who read them, either likes "Krzyżacy" or "Potop" (or neither), but never both. I guess it's like "cat pople" and "dog people" or coffe and tea. Liking one of them somehow makes you dislike the other. So, what I wanted to say is that this review is in no way even trying to be objective.

  56. 4 out of 5

    Kasia

    Very good book about the beginning of Christianity in Poland and the control of Teutonic Knights (Germans) over the people.

  57. 5 out of 5

    Goethicus

    A dramatic and stirring tale but also a flawed and partisan apologia for Poland's war on the Teutonic Order.

  58. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Paints a picture of the vileness of the Teutonic Knights, and delves into the Catholicism of Poland.

  59. 5 out of 5

    Dalibor

    Skvělá historická kniha z období kolem roku 1400. Války mezi německými rytíři a Polskem.

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