Henry Monte and the Prussian Rising of 1260
Urban, William (Monmouth College)
LITHUANIAN QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, Volume 24, No.2 – Summer (1978)
Little is known about the greatest hero of the Prussian rebellion of 1260, the man who led his people for twelve years against the Teutonic Knights and their crusader allied from Germany and Poland. Such contemporary information as is available derives exclusively from western sources which are expectedly and uniformly hostile to “the sons of Belial.” These are sufficient to give us some insight into the mentality of the Prussian leadership of this era, but do not tell us much of Henry the mythic figure, the hero of the Prussian resistance — because that is a psychological phe-nomenum of more recent Lithuanian nationalism. The chronicles inform us only about the historical figure— Henry—who was the best known and most successful warrior to fight for Prussian freedom in its last days.