Rastko Kostić (autor)
Fall of Arkona – deals with the demise and destruction of the rich and prosperous region of the Rugen island, the northern most point of today’s Germany, on the Baltic near Denmark, which, due to being pagan and inhabited by the western Slavs (the Wends), disappeared during the Crusades in the second half of the XII century, led by the Danes under king Valdemar and bishop Absalon, and the Saxons under king Henry. During that conquest, the temples dedicated to the gods Svetovid, Rugevit, Porevit, Porenut, Chernoglav, Pizamar, Baba, after which the Slavs have been forcefully Christianized. The
history of these events – as well as the life of the Slavs from the VII to the end of the XII century – is presented through the testimonies of chronicles and traveller-writers of Frankish, Germanic, Icelandic, Danish, Jewish and Arabic descent: Fredegar, Ibrahim ibn Yaqubthe Jew, Al Masudi, Widukind of Corvey, Thietman, Ebbo and Herbordus, Adam of Bremen, Helmold of Bosaut, Saxo Gramaticus and Olafur Thordarson, as well as through the new commentary and interpretation of Slavic religion and Old Slavic paganism made by the present-day researchers of various scientific backgrounds (Raffaele Pettazzoni, Paul Grinder Hansen, Richard Stoney and the author of this book). Fall of Arkona can in many ways be considered a unique work in the research of antiquity and some translation of the medieval chronicles and travelogues are appearing for the first time presented in this form, available now not only to scientific but a broad reading audience.
Izdavač: Atos - Beograd; 2019; Broširani povez; latinica; 21 cm; 420 str.; 978-86-920255-4-9;