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Knights of Jerusalem: The Crusading Order of Hospitallers 1100-1565 (World of the Warrior) Hardcover – August 19, 2008
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OSPREY PUBLISHERS, 2008
HARDCOVER, 224 PAGES, $25.95, APPENDICES, GLOSSARY, ILLUSTRATIONS
To some they were the "Chosen Knights of Christ"; to others, they were simply "pirates bearing crosses," the Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, Order of St. John, Knights of Malta, and Chevaliers of Malta; French: Ordre des Hospitaliers) was a Christian organization that began as an Amalfitan hospital founded in Jerusalem in 1018 to provide care for poor, sick, or injured pilgrims to the Holy Land. After the Western Christian conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 during the First Crusade, it became a religious/military order under its own charter, and was charged with the care and defense of the Holy Land. The Hospitallers evolved into one of the great military forces of the Crusades, fighting the Islamic enemy alongside their brothers and rivals, the Templers. After the fall of the Holy Land, the Order moved to Rhodes and pursued a naval crusade, regarded by the Ottomans and Venetians as simple high-seas pirates. Eventually they wound up on Malta, where they remained for more than 250 years, surviving the famous great siege of 1565, until finally ousted by Napoleon in 1798. When the Knights ceased to be associated with any one place, it gave rise to successors in existence until the present including the Sovereign Order of Malta. The KNIGHTS OF JERUSALEM: THE CRUSADING ORDER OF HOSPITALLERS, 1100-1565 immerses the reader in the lives of these holy warriors, not only giving a history of the order, but delving into their techniques for recruitment and training, and even their battlefield tactics.Read more ›
Far too many books are out there on the topics of these warrior monks, including those on their comrades and "frenemies," the Knights Templar, yet few discuss them with as much authority. Far too many issues with secret societies and conspiracy theories.
Suffice it to say that this is one of the definitive books on the Order of St. John. The lavishly illustrated book contains a wonderful collection of images, many of them taken by the author. The author lived in the Middle East and knows his subject well, and it comes through in each chapter.
If one could have only one pictorial and scholarly reference for the knights of the Hospital, this would be it.
I recommend this book highly for anyone with a serious interest in Crusading Orders and the Knights Hospitaller.
The content was of the proper depth on the history of the Hospitaller Order. The author covers a brief history of the Hospitallers, organization and command structure, daily life, amour, war, battle tactics, etc. The history is noteworthy in that there are still several Hospitaller Orders in existence today. Though they are no longer acknowledged by the pope and are protestant.
If I could say anything negative about this book it would be that there are no footnotes. While the bibliography is quite extensive, one would think that references would have been included as footnotes.
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It's like having one of those Scholastic(tm) books when you was kid...informative and to the point. Lots of "dry" historical reading BUT I really like this book and like... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kev
Very interesting read. Some of the finer details are incorrect or not thoroughly explained but that's almost by design. These books are phenomenal gateways into research.Published 6 months ago by Joel
Not sure what to make of this product. Both the format and the illustrations give the impression of a history book for tweens or teens, while the actual text is more heavy and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ashtar Command
A rather short book about the Hospitallers but good basic facts and a nice book to start with. Big plus for the very good drawings with explanation and details.Published 16 months ago by Mattias Blomby
I've used this book a lot for research. The drawings are the best with detail about pieces of armor and how they are used/worn. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amy Jarecki
I can't recommend this book. There are so many ... 'It suggests', 'It indicates', 'Or perhaps it shows'... that it is hard to get the author to give definitive answers. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael Serant
as always the media and the pop culture embraces the boring blah of the history, hence Dracula the bludsucker as aposed to Vlad Tempes the kick butt crusader who smote the muslim... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by alex