Surrounded by marshlands, mountains and some plains, a group of Slavs, known as the West Slavs, inhabited eastern Europe around 500 A.D. These people were more closely tied to Western Europe than other Slavs, and shared many aspects of their culture with them.
The West Slavs fought a series of wars against the Germans in the West and against the Scandinavians in the North in order to maintain control of their territory. These efforts were successful, allowing them to continue living on their lands down to the present day.
The West Slavs practiced the Roman Catholic faith. The descendants of these people live in the present day nations of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
On September 2, 1192, Sultan Saladin and King Richard the Lion Hearted signed an
agreement ending the third Crusade.