Templars, Hospitallers and Teutonic Knights: Images of the Military Orders, 1128-1291

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1993. Hardcover Brundage's signature on front paste-down, very good plus, clean, tight and bright condition without dust jacket From the library of noted medievalist James A. ... Brundage. 207pp. Read more Show Less

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A study of how the major military religious orders of the 12th and 13th century were viewed by the rulers, the clergy, the laity, and themselves. Also considers the representation of them in literary sources and legend. Other orders are also mentioned when there is information about attitudes toward them, but by far the most evidence is for the three. Adapted from Nicholson's 1989 Ph.D. thesis for the University of Leicester. Acidic paper. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718514112
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Pages: 208

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
(a) What were the military orders? 1
(b) The importance of their image 6
(c) Evidence and its use 7
1 A chronological summary of attitudes towards the military orders, 1128-1291 10
2 The rulers of Catholic Christendom and the military orders 15
(a) The bases of the relationship 15
(b) Knighthood: a valid basis for a religious order? 22
(c) Criticism 25
3 The views of the clergy 35
(a) Initial praise and fundamental criticism 35
(b) Criticism of privileges 41
(c) Other criticism 43
(d) Changes in attitudes after 1250 48
(e) Good relations 50
4 The views of the laity 57
(a) The lay landholding classes in western and eastern Europe 57
(i) Factors influencing donations 60
(ii) Changes during the thirteenth century 64
(iii) Criticism 68
(b) Other groups 75
(i) Merchant classes 75
(ii) Heretics 77
(iii) Non-Catholic Christians, Jews, Muslims and pagans 77
5 The representation of the military orders in literary sources and legend 80
(a) Legends and unlikely tales in chronicles 81
(b) The military orders in epic and romance 86
(c) Changes in literature after c.1250 98
(d) Fictional image and everyday image: the question of influence 100
6 The military orders' self-perception and presentation 102
(a) Representatives at royal and papal courts 104
(b) Reports of military activities 105
(c) Other information emanating from the orders 108
(i) Tales celebrating the brothers' piety 109
(ii) Edifying literature produced for the brothers 111
(iii) Tales of the distant past 112
(iv) Association with the cults of popular saints 116
(v) Appealing to the orders' dual role 120
(d) Rivalry between the military orders 122
(e) The success of these measures 123
7 The implication of the military orders in the loss of Acre, May 1291 125
Conclusion 129
Notes 136
Bibliography 173
Index 198
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