The Battle of Gotland
With the help of unique objects and newly achieved knowledge the exhibition “Medieval Massacre – the Battle of Gotland 1361” tell the story about a horrifying medieval battle between the farmers of Gotland and the well trained soldiers of the Danish army.
In May 1361, King Magnus IV of Sweden writes a letter of warning to the burghers of Visby:
“… some of our enemies are conspiring … to attack your area by force of arms and a strong army …”
On 27 July that same year, the mercenary troops of Danish King Valdemar IV Atterdag kill 1,800 Gotland farmers. Men, old folk, youths, cripples – they all die in battle outside the city walls of Visby. Their corpses are thrown into mass graves.