The inhabitants of Visby were Germans, to a great extent, and their conflicts with the rural population were frequent.
He landed in the island of Gothland, plundering Visby in a treacherous way.
Samuel Laing became quite enthusiastic over the Visby churches.
On the contrary he became powerful and rich, and as Burgomaster of Visby he died.
And he set his face toward Visby and the citizens came out and surrendered, for they saw that resistance was impossible.
He dedicated the first church in the island to St Peter at Visby.
It was the trade with the East that originally gave importance to the city of Visby in Gotland.
Finally other countries captured her trade and Visby became "the Lost City."
Fair churches still attest Visby's devotion, great walls its military strength.
But this led to an expedition by the men of Lbeck, who partly destroyed Visby in 1525.