"This is an excellent study of the development, consolidation, and eventual destruction of the Teutonic Knights' Prussian state. Pluskowski deserves praise not only for making his subject accessible to Anglophone audiences, but also for demonstrating the critical role of archaeology in ensuring a fuller understanding of medieval history. It is no small accomplishment to have synthesized such a massive volume of archaeological research and brought it to bear in a coherent way on important historical questions…The Archaeology of the Prussian Crusade is now an essential study for specialists and will be useful in graduate courses, particularly those designed to show students what good interdisciplinary research should look like." - David S. Bachrach, Michigan War Studies Review
"A debt of gratitude is owed to Pluskowski for bringing together such an enormous wealth of material otherwise only available in German, Polish and other eastern European publications and for presenting it in an accessible and intelligible form. In doing so he provides both a critical assessment of present knowledge and a blueprint for future research." - Denys Pringle, Cardiff University, UK
"This is an important book with Pluskowski following in the footsteps of Adrian Boas and Denys Pringle to further expand the understanding of crusades through the scholarship of archaeology. It contributes to an increasing awareness of the history of the southern Baltic region and acts as a counterbalance to oversimplifications or assumptions of incoherence that inform the historiography of the region, especially in English." -Darius von Güttner-Sporzyński, University of Melbourne, Australia
"The Archaeology of the Prussian Crusade is a welcome and timely synthesis that plugs a major gap in current scholarship: the lack of any significant archaeological contribution in English to the study of the Northern Crusades. There is nothing currently in print to rival this book, and it should be essential reading for all students of the Crusades in the Baltic." – Tom Williams, British Museum
Aleksander Pluskowski is Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology at Reading University.