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The Military Religious Orders of the Middle Ages: The Knights Templar, Hospitaller and Others [Paperback]

F. C. Woodhouse

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6 Oct 2010
Knights of the sword and Cross

The principal tenets of the chivalric code of the Christian Knights of the middle ages were to fear God, to protect the afflicted and to serve ones master faithfully. The foundation of these essential principles were inevitably fertile ground for the emergence of the military religious orders of the medieval period. All was in place but the organisational structure in which the individual could live out his vows and these were introduced in several organisations of varying size and influence. This book explains the creation, activities, campaigns and battles and the knights who lived and fought under the banner of Christ often in opposition to the forces of Islam in the Middle East of the Crusades period. Within its pages the reader will discover the Knights of St. John-the Hospitallers, the Knights Templars and many minor, but interesting orders-including the Order of Avis, the Order of the Holy Ghost and the Order of Our Lady of the Lily-which flourished in Britain and Europe during the period. This is an invaluable insight into the organisation of knights of the medieval period. Available in softcover and hardback with dust jacket.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Warrior Monks 1 Sep 2011
By C. Repicky - Published on Amazon.com
A great purchase for any fan or follower of the Military Orders of the Crusades. This one goes the extra mile in covering some of the lesser known Orders as well. I believe the order in which the Orders are covered is following their development in relation to the others of the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book for the Knights Hospitaller & Knights Templar, but... 14 Nov 2012
By R. Boland - Published on Amazon.com
A fairly good book for he Knights Hospitaller & Knights Templar. While certainly not the end all be all of treatments of these orders, it does a fine job and is well written. It also contains very short introductions to Knightly orders existing in Spain and England. My problem is that no attention is paid toward the Orders operating in the North East of Europe, the most prominent being (of course) the Teutonic Knights. Nor does it do anything for the Crusades undertaken in France and elsewhere, though admittedly these wer but Crusades and did not spawn any orders. The most glaring deficit, therefore, are the Teutonic Knights. This is a shame as there is very little out there in the way of popular histories for this important order. The two books that I am aware of that do are: ;The Teutonic Knights,' by William Urban and 'The Northern Crusades' by Eric Christiansen.
A better all-round survey is: 'The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders' by Desmond Seward.

The above review was written afer reading 4 chapters, not the first four or four in chronological order. Just the first four that caught my interest (guilty, yeah yeah). I've finished the book. If I could I'd drop it to 2 stars and perhaps one. It is awful. It reads like it may have been written in the period 1875-1950. It's understanding and presentation of history is...jingoistic? culturally chauvanistic? and just plain WRONG on many generalitis regarding the human experience. These attitudes were popular in the period I've guessed. In short, this will be returned. Caveat emptor, y'all.
3.0 out of 5 stars military orders 18 Aug 2013
By Robert Kaiser Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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i was hoping to learn about the more less known orders out of Spain and other countries , but the book was mostly about the templars
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