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Ernle Bradford takes the reader on a journey through the history of the Knights Hospitallar of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta from its inception in Jerusalem in 1099 to its present day activities throughout the world.
It details the order's foundation and early experiences in the Holy Land where it began life as a hospice for pilgrims before developing a more military function as it was granted a series of fortifications to hold against the enemies of Christ. It describes its continued development and flourishing on Rhodes with the siege of Rhodes in 1480 afforded good coverage before its traumatic departure in 1522. It goes on to describe the order's arrival on… Read more