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The Military Orders Volume VII
Piety, Pugnacity and Property

Edited By

Nicholas Morton

ISBN 9781032090481
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
388 Pages

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Book Description

The Military Orders essay collections arising from the quadrennial conferences held at Clerkenwell in London have come to represent an international point of reference for scholars. This present volume brings together twenty-nine papers given at the seventh iteration of this event. The studies offered here cover regions as disparate as Prussia, Iberia and the Eastern Mediterranean and chronologically span topics from the Twelfth to the Twentieth century. They draw attention to little used textual and non-textual sources, advance challenging new methodologies, and help to place these military-religious institutions in a broader context.  

Table of Contents

List of Figures


List of abbreviations

List of contributors


Property: landholdings (Malta)

  1. The properties and landed possessions of the Knights of St. John in Malta: an analysis of Cabrei 290 and 307 conserved at the National Library of Malta
  2. George A. Said-Zammit

  3. Representing Space: Surveying and Drawing Techniques in the Maltese Cabrei of the Order of St. John (XVII-XVIII Century)
  4. Daniel Borg & Mevrick Spiteri

  5. The Economization of Built Property: Urban Houses of the Manoel Foundation in Eighteenth Century Valletta
  6. Mevrick Spiteri

    Property: landholdings elsewhere

  7. The remains of Templar settlements in southern Italy: some case studies
  8. Claudia Cundari

  9. Collecting Property for the Founding of a Teutonic House in Utrecht (1218-1235)
  10. Jerem van Duijl

  11. Power, Status and Property in the Early Years of the Teutonic Order in Acre
  12. Shlomo Lotan

  13. Piety and Property in Late Medieval and Early Modern Rhodes: The case of Trianda
  14. Simon Phillips

    Property and Piety: economic activity and material culture

  15. A multidisciplinary approach to the production of wine on Templar estates: the Bologna commandery
  16. Giampiero Bagni

  17. The commanderies of the Military Order of Santiago around Campo de Ourique (Portugal) in the Middle Ages: properties, resources and administration
  18. Ana Cláudia Silveira

  19. Treasured Possessions: Aspects of Hospitaller Material Culture, c.1680-c.1720
  20. Emanuel Buttigieg & Adriana Mintoff

  21. The art collections of Hospitaller knights in Malta
  22. Theresa Vella

    Property and Pugnacity: serfs, slaves and slave-trading

  23. ‘Our Moors’: Military Orders and Unfree Muslims in the Kingdom of Castile
  24. Clara Almagro Vidal

  25. The Hospitallers and their Manumissions of Rhodian and Cypriot Serfs (1409-1459)
  26. Nicholas Coureas

  27. The Faith Triumphant: Muslim Converts to Catholicism and the Order of St John, 1530–1798
  28. William Zammit

    Property, Piety and Pugnacity: internal politics and vocations

  29. Networking at the papal curia as a survival strategy: the Teutonic Order and the crisis of the military orders in the early fourteenth century
  30. Barbara Bombi

  31. Hospitaller Chapters in the Medieval Priory of Alamania
  32. Karl Borchardt

  33. Abandoning Piety and Pugnacity? New Military Orders in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.
  34. Rory MacLellan

  35. The Knights Hospitallers of St John in Polish Lands and Rhodes in the late Middle Ages: piety, pugnacity, property, and power on peripheries.
  36. Maria Starnawska and translated by Andrzej Dubina

  37. Property, Piracy, and Pugnacity: Reflections on Venice’s Attitude towards the Order of the Hospital in Early Modern Times
  38. Victor Mallia-Milanes

  39. Variations on a theme: Harry Pirie-Gordon and the Order of Sanctissima Sophia
  40. Elizabeth Siberry

    Piety: charity and spirituality

  41. The charity of the Order of Santiago at the end of the Middle Ages: The case of the hospital of Alarcón
  42. Jaime García Carpintero López de Mota

  43. The Teutonic Knights, the bishop of Warmia and the relics of the True Cross in Prussia in the second half of the Fourteenth century
  44. Karol Polejowski and Sobieslaw Szybkowski

  45. The patron saints of military orders’ churches in Castile and Portugal, 1462-1539
  46. Paula Pinto Costa, Raquel Torres Jiménez, Joana Lencart

    Pugnacity and Property on the frontier

  47. The Military Orders and the Principality of Antioch: A Help or a Hindrance?
  48. Andrew D. Buck

  49. A Document about the Beginning of the Military Orders’ Involvement in the Reconquista
  50. Alan Forey

  51. From Pugnacity to peace-mongers: The Military Orders protecting property and people in the Latin East
  52. Betty Binysh

  53. Hospitaller Pugnacity: 1306-1421
  54. Anthony Luttrell

  55. A Florentine Cleric on Rhodes: Bonsignore Bonsignori’s unpublished account of his 1498 visit
  56. Michael Heslop

  57. The Long Siege of Candia (1648-69): the Knights of St John, a Venetian Protectorate, the Ottoman Empire and a Scottish regiment.

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Nicholas Morton is a lecturer in history at Nottingham Trent University, UK. His research interests include the Crusades, the military orders, Christian-Islamic relations during the medieval period and the Seljuk Turks. He has published extensively on these themes, and his recent monographs include The Field of Blood: The Battle for Aleppo and the Remaking of the Medieval Middle East and Encountering Islam on the First Crusade. He is an editor for two Routledge book series: Rulers of the Latin East and The Military Religious Orders: History, Sources and Memory.