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The Knights Hospitaller Hardcover – 20 Dec 2001

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Boydell Press; 1st Edition edition (20 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851158455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851158457
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 15.8 x 2.1 cm
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Nicholson, one of the UK's leading historians of the medieval military orders, succeeds in setting out (the) main features in an authoritative and accessible manner. She has a flair for clear and uncluttered explanations enlivened with telling detail and quotation. And her account is comprehensive... An attractive volume. HISTORY Can be recommended not only to scholars but also to the general public. All those interested in the history of the crusades must be grateful to have so succinct, so reliable and so readable a summary. CRUSADES

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Can be recommended not only to scholars but also to the general public. All those interested in the history of the crusades must be grateful to have so succinct, so reliable and so readable a summary. CRUSADES
Nicholson, one of the UK's leading histori --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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“The Knights Hospitaller” by Helen Nicholson is an excellent overview of the “Sovereign Military Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta”, the rather unwieldy official name of this fraternity at the present time. Originally, the Knights Hospitaller really were a Catholic-manned hospital catering to pilgrims in 11th century Jerusalem, already before the conquest of the city by the crusaders. At some point during the 12th century, the Hospital became militarized and eventually grew into one of the “classic” crusading orders, alongside the Templars and the Teutonic Knights. Apart from defending the crusader states and Cilician Armenia, the Hospitallers participated in military activity in Spain, Hungary and Poland. They operated a network of hospitals in both Palestine and Europe. To finance their military activities, the Knights owned vast estates in Europe, operated mills, dug mines, bought and sold their products at special markets, and lent money to kings. Many Hospitallers served as advisors or administrators at royal courts, and for some time most of the Papal States were administered by local officials drawn from their ranks.

After being driven out of Palestine by the Muslims, the Hospitallers established themselves first at Cyprus, then at Rhodes and finally at Malta, where they became known as the Knights of Malta. Their main activity during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries was harassment of Muslim (Ottoman) shipping, interspersed with occasional attacks on the Ottoman-associated Barbary States in North Africa. In 1565, the Ottomans attempted to conquer Malta and destroy the knights, an attempt that spectacularly failed. The Knights of Malta participated in the famous Battle of Lepanto in 1571, when the Catholic powers routed the Ottoman fleet.
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As expected. Thank you.
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Good read. It explains alot about these Knights and their modern descendants.
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A fascinating insight into the history of the Knights Hospitaller. If you ever intend to visit Rhodes and want to get an insight into the creation of the fortified city, this is a great book. It is scholarly but nevertheless easy to read
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This is one of several books by the author on the Knights Templar. This one deals with the History of the Sovereign Military Order of St.John of Jerusalem,Rhodes and Malta (the Knights Hospitaller) from its inception as a hospice for pilgrims to Jerusalem in the 11th centuary, its development into a military order in the 12th centuary defending the frontiers of Christendom to the loss of Rhodes in 1522 the loss of Malta in 1788 and its activities up to the present day.
There is an extensive further reading list and a list of masters from 1120-1988.
A first class book.
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