The Countryside Of Hospitaller Rhodes 1306-1423: Original Texts And English Summaries, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Countryside Of Hospitaller Rhodes 1306-1423

Original Texts And English Summaries, 1st Edition

By Anthony Luttrell, Greg O'Malley


324 pages

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The Countryside of Hospitaller Rhodes 1306–1423 explores the main themes of settlement, population and defence of the countryside of Rhodes from 1306 to 1423, approximately halfway through the period of Hospitaller rule. Based largely on the Hospital’s Rhodian archive, this book is the scientific presentation of 208 documents brought together with detailed English summaries to help readers understand the documents and their technical features.

While the majority of research into this subject has previously been focused on the town of Rhodes, this book concentrates instead on the late-medieval countryside, providing a new angle from which to view this complex period. Through a corpus of Hospitaller texts, it presents many aspects of the Hospitaller Order’s history as well as exploring other crucial developments in the period, including both a discussion of Cristoforo Buondelmonti’s description of Rhodes, and a section dedicated to the sources used within this work. The Countryside of Hospitaller Rhodes provides an ideal for academics and postgraduates of the crusades.

Table of Contents




Monies, Measures, Dates



1. Byzantine Background

2. Administration and Defence

3. Settlement, Economy, Society

4. Religious and Cultural Life

Appendix: Cristoforo Buondelmonti’s Description of Rhodes






About the Authors

Anthony Luttrell was educated at Oxford and has held teaching or research posts in many universities. He is currently an honorary research associate at the Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway College. His sixty-five years of study have resulted in over 250 publications, many gathered in the six volumes of his collected studies published in Routledge’s Variorum series, the most recent being Studies on the Hospitallers after 1306: Rhodes and the West (2007). His other publications include The Town of Rhodes 1306–1356 (2003); Hospitaller Women in the Middle Ages, with Helen J. Nicholson (2006); Sources for Turkish History in the Hospitallers’ Rhodian Archive 1389–1422 (2008), with Elizabeth Zachariadou; and, with Karl Borchardt and Ekhard Schöffler, Documents Concerning Cyprus from the Hospitallers’ Rhodian Archives: 1409–1459 (2011).

Gregory O’Malley is an independent scholar. He was educated in London and Cambridge. He has published The Knights Hospitaller of the English Langue, 1460–1565 (2005) and a number of articles on the Hospitallers born in the British Isles on their links with the Mediterranean and on the Hospitallers’ activities during the later Rhodian period.

About the Series

The Military Religious Orders

History, Sources, and Memory

The military religious orders were initially established in the twelfth century to care for and protect western pilgrims in the Holy Land. They later helped to defend the crusader states, participated in the Iberian Reconquista, and eventually played a significant role in warfare, charity, commerce, colonization, and cross-cultural encounters in Europe, the Mediterranean World, and even the New World. The Military Religious Orders: History, Sources, and Memory stimulates research on this fascinating phenomenon.

The scope of this series is intentionally broad: book proposals are welcome on any aspect of the orders’ history, both medieval and modern. They may draw from a wide range of disciplines, and may consider any of the orders’ geographical zones of operation. We are happy to consider proposals for monographs, thematically coherent collections of articles, as well as critical editions and translations of primary sources (target length per volume 100,000 to 150,000 words).

If you would like to submit a proposal for this series, please e-mail one of the general editors. We will then be able to send you more detailed information about the proposal submission process.

General Editors

  • Jochen Burgtorf (California State University, Fullerton, USA):
  •  Nicholas Morton (Nottingham Trent University, England, UK):

Editorial board

  • Adrian Boas (University of Haifa, Israel)
  • Emanuel Buttigieg (University of Malta, Malta)
  • Paul Crawford (California University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Daniel Gullo (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA)
  • Philippe Josserand (Université de Nantes, France)
  • Juhan Kreem (Tallinna Linnarchiiv, Tallinn, Estonia)
  • Helen Nicholson (Cardiff University, Wales, UK)
  • Jürgen Sarnowsky (Universität Hamburg, Germany)
  • Kristjan Toomaspoeg (Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Medieval