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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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“Knights of Jerusalem: The Crusading Order of Hospitallers 1100-1565 provides a review of one of the more famous Crusading orders of medieval times. It considers the lives and military roles of the Knights Hospitaller in detail from their origins to their many conflicts. Black and white illustrations and color photos and drawings throughout spice a lively survey especially recommended for high school to college-level collections strong in medieval history.” ―The Bookwatch (October 2008)

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  • Series: World of the Warrior
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846030803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846030802
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The Knights Hospitaller is one of the Ospery warrior collection and it is a wealth of information on the who, what, where and why of the Knights Hospitaller, the lesser known but equally important order of knights that fought for the Kingdom of Jerusalem during the Cursades. Do not let the comic book look fool you the illustrations are just a minor part of the excellent writing, research information and pictures that the authors put into place for their work. It is a must for anyone who wants the most accurat information on the oldest surviving western military order.
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Format: Hardcover
KNIGHTS OF JERUSALEM: THE CRUSADING ORDER OF HOSPITALLERS, 1100-1565
DAVID NICOLLE
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.
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This book impressed me with its astounding scholarship. No surprise. The author is an expert on the history of the Crusades and the Crusading Orders.

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.
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This book is a hardcover edition of Osprey's twin warrior titles on the Knights Hospitaller - unfortunately lacking in the color plates. It details the origins, equipment, battle tactics, and daily life of these Knights from their orgins as an order of charitable, hospital-running monks in Jerusalem to their days as a band of pirates harassing the Ottoman Empire throughout the Mediterranean. Overall it makes for informative reading, though it is written by the unsympathetic, Islamophilic David Nicolle.
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The hard back version consists of cloth faced boards. The paper is of a high quality gloss. The text is of a proper size to read with ease. The photographs consist of Hospitaller paintings, armor, castles, fortresses, cities, artifacts, churches, abbeys, cathedrals, manuscripts, sculptures, woodcuts, etc. Many if not most of the photos are in color.

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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This book is an excellent look at the Knights Hospitaller. Osprey lives up to their reputation in this informative book.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for readers who love reading romantic style novels of the crusades. The knights Hospitallers or as they later became known as the Knights of Malta were an order that was the first of all the crusaders and is still in existence today. Yup they re still around. You will find their military adventures in this book will hold your attention and keep you on edge. They were also great seamen and fought the Otomans and other muslim groups at sea. They were even considered pirates by some.
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