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The Wendish Crusade of 1147

Thursday 30 August 2012 at 6:02 pm

“The longer you look back, the farther you can look forward”  Winston Churchill

My interest in my Wendish heritage has been piqued over the last few years, and recently in a course on Christian History at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, I wrote this paper to explore my long-lost roots.  Perhaps you will discover yours too!

The topic was on the Crusades of the Middle Ages, and I found out to my surprise that there had been a so-called “Wendish Crusade” back in 1147!  So my paternal heritage went back to before the 10th century!  Now I wanted to learn more about this group of people so long ago, and about this crusade. (My great-great grandfather, Mathias Wukasch, was on the Ben Nevis ship as a little boy when the group of Wends emigrated to Texas in the mid-19th century.)   Herein is an edited version of my paper for that course.

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