Curonians

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The Curonians (also called Kursi, Latvian Kurši) are one of the extinct Baltic tribes that later formed the Latvian nation. They gave their name to the nation of Courland, and to the modern Latvian province of Kurzeme.

The Curonians were known as fierce warriors, and were involved in several wars and alliances with Swedish, Danish and Icelandic Vikings. Chapter 46 of Egils Saga describes one Viking expedition by the Vikings Thorolf and Egill Skallagrímsson in Courland.

The Curonians were one of the last Latvian peoples to accept Christianity, although pagan customs were continued after the 19th century. Some of the most important writing sources about the Curonians are the Henrici Chronicon Livoniae, the Livländische Reimschronike, well as the Egils Saga and the Saxo Grammaticus Gesta Danorum.Template:Ethno-stub lv:Kurši

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