Nobility, Faith and Masculinity: The Hospitaller Knights of Malta, c.1580-c.1700

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A&C Black, Apr 21, 2011 - History - 336 pages
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This is an important study of elite European noblemen who joined the Order of Malta. The Order - functioning in parallel with the convents that absorbed the surplus daughters of the nobility - provided a highly respectable outlet for sons not earmarked for marriage. The process of becoming a Hospitaller was a semi-structured one, involving clear-cut (if flexible) social and financial requirements on the part of the candidate, and a mixture of formal and informal socialization into the ways of the Order. Once enrolled, a Hospitaller became part of a very hierarchical and ethnically mixed organisation, within which he could seek offices and status. This process was delineated by a complex interaction of internal factors - hierarchy, patriarchy and age - set within external mechanisms such as papal patronage and interference. This book is innovative in its methodology, drawing on a wide range of sources and applying historiographical approaches not previously brought to bear on the Order.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Becoming a Hospitaller
19
Hierarchy Patriarchy and Age
52
Chapter 3 Religious Identity Beliefs and Practices
89
Chapter 4 The Body Chastity and Sexuality
129
Chapter 5 Violence and Punishments
161
Conclusion Towards a Cultural History of the Order of Malta
186
Epilogue
194
Glossary
198
Appendix Popes Grand Masters Bishops and Inquisitors c 1580c 1700
201
Notes
204
Bibliography
251
Index
309
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Emanuel Buttigieg is Lecturer in early modern history at the University of Malta. He read for a PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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