Konrad von Wallenrode (c. 1330s – 23 July 1393) was the 24th Grand Master of the Teutonic
Knights, serving from 1391 to 1393. Modern sources are friendly towards Konrad, although they claim he was hot-blooded,
proud, and had tendencies to be cruel. Konrad was the inspiration for Adam Mickiewicz's poem Konrad Wallenrod. Konrad came from a family with a rich knightly tradition that had
its roots in Franconia. He joined the Teutonic Order ca. 1370. Grand Master Winrich von Kniprode
named him Komtur of Schlochau (Człuchów) in 1377, but his real career did not begin until Conrad Zöllner von Rothenstein became Grand Master in 1382. After
the death of Kuno von Hattenstein, Konrad became Grand Marshal and Komtur of Königsberg. He was chiefly tasked with organizing
crusades against the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and became quite adept at it. He became Komtur of Marienburg (Malbork) and
Grosskomtur of the Teutonic Order in 1387. Zöllner died in 1390, and it seemed only a matter of time before Konrad would
become the next Grand Master. However, he encountered great opposition from Walrabe von Scharffenberg, Komtur of Danzig (Gdańsk).
It was not until August 20, 1391, that Wallenrode became grand master, thanks to the support of two electors, Siegfried Walpot
von Bassenheim and Rüdiger von Elner, the Komturs of Elbing (Elbląg) and Tuchel (Tuchola), respectively.
rule was filled with campaigns against Lithuania. He was against the Polish-Lithuanian Union, which he tried to dissolve.
Konrad began a campaign against Lithuania in 1392 and split his army into three divisions. The first one, under command
of Arnold von Burgeln, Komtur of Balga, headed for Masovia. The other two divisions, under the command of Konrad and Grand
Marshal Engelhard Rabe von Wildstein, headed for Vilnius. They were close to capturing Vilnius, which was defended by Polish
knights, but retreated as a result of a scandal caused by the grand master. Von Wildstein was a great commander and a tactician with the respect of his soldiers, but he
was relieved of his duties as grand marshal by Konrad. The reason is not completely known, but it is widely believed that
the grand master was jealous of von Wildstein's success. Nonetheless, this caused a revolt between most of the knights who
stood behind von Wildstein. Despite this, Konrad did not change his decision and the campaign was abandoned. This helped
von Wallenrode to clean up dissent in the order, especially in the Lower Prussian Komturships of Balga, Brandenburg,
and Ragnit that were under supremacy of the grand marshal.
In 1392 Duke Władysław Opolski offered Konrad a partition of Poland with the Holy
Roman Empire, the Teutonic Knights, Brandenburg, Hungary, and the Silesian dukes all taking part of it, but the grand master
rejected it. The same year he started another military action against Lithuania with guest crusaders, including Henry of
Derby, the future King Henry IV of England. Dutch and French knights under Konrad's command attacked Gardinas, leading Vytautas
to call a peace conference in Thorn (Toruń). Ten days into the conference, however, Konrad died on 23 July 1393, probably
of apoplexy. During his reign, he led active economic
and colonization actions in Prussia. He settled vast tracts of land with German colonists and built two castles,
Gotteswerder and Mittenburg. In 1393 he created a new komturship in Rhein (Ryn);
its first komtur was his brother Friedrich von Wallenrode, a later Komtur of Mewe (Gniew), Strasburg (Brodnica)
and the Grand Marshal of Königsberg who died in the Battle
of Grunwald in 1410. Another relative of Konrad was
Johann von Wallenrode, the Archbishop
of Riga between 1393–1416.