Volkwin

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Volkwin
2nd Master of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword
In office
1209–1236
Preceded byWenno von Rohrbach
Succeeded byHermann Balk (As leader of Teutonic Knights)
Personal details
Died22 September 1236
Military service
Battles/warsNorthern Crusades

Volkwin von Naumburg zu Winterstätten (also Wolquin, Folkwin, Folkvin, Wolguinus, Wolgulin, Middle High German: Volkewîn; died 22 September 1236) was the Master (Herrmeister) of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword from 1209 to 1236.

Life and death[edit]

Originally from Naumburg, Germany, Volkwin succeeded Wenno von Rohrbach, the first master of the order. Volkwin led the Sword-Brothers in the Northern Crusades in Latvia and Estonia against the Samogitians, Curonians, Semigallians, and Selonians. He was ultimately killed by the Samogitians during the course of the Battle of Saule in 1236. The surviving Sword-Brothers were subsequently semerged into the Teutonic Knights led by Hermann Balk and became an autonomous "sub-order".