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The Knights of Malta Hardcover – 31 Jan 1994

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (31 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300055021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300055023
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 1.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 833,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FROM THE TIME when the Christian Church emerged from the age of persecutions, pilgrims came to Jerusalem to visit the places uniquely sanctified by the life and death of our Redeemer. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This book offers a great visual feast for the new reader in the Order. The clever way in which it brings together complicated issues and many years of history into a digestable form clearly shows thought and understanding on the part of the writer. There is, however, a lack of depth required by those studying at degree level and the lack of documentry evidence worried me a little. This forced me to 'take a pinch of salt' to some of the interpretations offered. Over all a commendable piece well worth investing into.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 July 2003
Format: Paperback
Not a bad book by any means yet although this book is full of facts and stories as well as excellent photographs and diagrams it is missing that critical element that keeps me engrossed in a history.
That said, the pictures and diagrams and prints combined with other works on the Knights of Malta make for interesting reading.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Timely and on the eve of the 900th anniversary of the Order 9 Oct. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Sire has done a wonderful job of capturing the deep history and tradition of the Order of St John and its shaping the history of Europe and defending the Faith. I was particularly pleased that Sire had researched the book in the Library of the Grand Priory of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in London - the old Priory of Clerkenwell. The Most Venerable Order in the British Realm and its parent the Sovereign Order of St John, of Rhodes, and of Malta are truly the inheritors of the deep and rich tradition of the Order of St John as it has come down to us through the nine millennia of western history. I was also pleased that the author devoted an entire closing section to the future of the Sovereign Order and its plans to re-establish its presence on the island of Malta at Fort St Angelo. In fact the Order has now done just that and I think Sire deserves congrtulations on researching not only the Order's history but shall I say the present and future of the Order - into the next century and into the final century of its first millennia. With the granting of observer status to the UN in 1994, the Sovereign Order of St John has deepened its roots in the life and history of the world that will continue for another 900 years.
The Order of St John, in all four of its allied manifestations (The Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order; The Most Venerable Order; the Johaniterorden, and in the Order in the Netherlands)has a tremendous charitable benefit to the world, in its hospital works, its ambulance work through the St John Ambulance Brigade in 44 countries, its first aid training and its nursing and health care work in communities around the globe is a wonderful example of humanitarian service. The author captures this richness and I can only hope he'll produce more material on the Order of St John and its impending 900th anniversary in 1999.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Knights of Malta 25 Nov. 2002
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In 1096, when the first Crusaders arrived in Jerusalem, they discovered the Hospital of St. John, which healed the wounds of the heroic knights. It would be this encounter that led the hospitallers to rally around their leader Brother Gerard de Saxo and created the Order of St. John. The knights returned to Europe, but they never forgot the kindness of the hospital that healed their wounded. After the first Crusade, the Order grew in importance and received many appreciative donations that helped solidify the future for the Order. The activities of the Order of St. John throughout its history assumed the role as the defenders of Christianity. The Order gained importance and power because the knights of the order fought bravely against the vigorous Islamic world. The knights defended the Holy Land for a long time, but were finally expelled at their last stronghold at Acre in 1291. The Order of St. John moved to Cyprus for fifteen years, then Rhodes, and lastly Malta.
If you are going to read Bradford's The Great Siege: Malta 1565, I would highly recommend that you read something on the Knights of Malta and their origins (this book would be a good choice). I give the book four stars because I really enjoyed reading Attard's Knights of Malta than this particular book. Perhaps, it was the trendy front over, the fewer pages, the comfortable feeling folding the pages or his better storytelling of the Great Siege in my opinion.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Thorough, Scholarly, and Historical if Tough to Read 8 Oct. 1999
By Adam Fenech ( - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An excellent scholarly account of the Knights of St. John, Rhodes, and Malta. Very well researched, and I found the writing interesting and exciting, although others may find it tough to slog through. Absolutely the definitive work on the order.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Knights of Malta Has Plenty of Detail 6 July 2006
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If you are interested in an indepth history of this ancient religious order and its impact on Europe and the Catholic Church then this book is a good bet for you. Sire provides tons of historical data and you can tell that this text was very well researched. Having said that, Knights of Malta was a somewhat difficult read for me. The author assumes the reader has some fluency in Latin and in French as there are no translations of certain passages of text. Likewise the writing style is more reminiscent of a college text book. I can't fault Sire in providing so much historical detail but in so doing, the overall feel of this book is very dry.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book, in depth 27 April 2009
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This book was wonderful and didn't seem to leave anything out. It was interesting times. Good book.
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