The Knights Hospitaller

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Boydell & Brewer, 2001 - History - 180 pages
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This short study of the history of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta, also known as the Knights Hospitaller, is intended as an introduction to the Order for academics working in other fields, as well as the interested general reader. Beginning with a consideration of the origins of the Order as a hospice for pilgrims in Jerusalem in the eleventh century, it traces the Hospitaller's development into a military order during the first part of the 12th century, and its military activities on the frontiers of Christendom in the eastern Mediterranean, Spain and eastern Europe during the middle ages and into early modern period: its role in crusades and in wars against non-Christians on land and at sea, as well as its role in building and maintaining fortresses.
  

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Contents

The Origins of the Hospital of St John in Jerusalem
1
Holy War in the Latin East and on the European Frontiers
18
The Hospitallers on Rhodes 13061522
43
The Hospitallers organisation and religious life
68
the Hospitallers political
98
The Order of Malta 15301798
116
The Order of St John from 1798 to the present day
138
Further Reading
147
Index
168
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Helen Nicholson is Senior Lecturer in History, Cardiff University.

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