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The Knights of St. John in Jerusalem and Cyprus, c. 1050–1310

A History of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem Volume One

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 1-13
  3. General History of the Order and its Participation in the Politics of Latin Syria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 17-31
    3. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 32-59
    4. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 60-84
    5. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 85-105
    6. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 106-144
    7. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 145-197
    8. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 198-226
  4. The Organisation of the Order of St. John

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-228
    2. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 229-273
    3. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 274-303
    4. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 304-340
    5. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 341-371
  5. The Ecclesiastical Privileges of the Order or St. John

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-374
    2. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 375-389
    3. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 390-420
  6. The Material Assets of the Hospitallers in Syria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 421-422
    2. Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Pages 423-450

About this book


Written by a brilliant scholar, this book is the first volume of a major work, which makes full use of the very rich documentary material still surviving and relates it to the evidence of the chronicles. Oriental sources are not disregarded: use is made of Arabic material and the latest archaeological discoveries in the Near East. The author has concentrated upon the Order as an institution in the crusader states and as a powerful international religious corporation. He considers its growth to power, its participation in the polititcs of the Latin settlement in the East, its organisation, its position as an exempt Order of the Church, its properties and its methods of administration as a landlord in feudal states. For the first time, the Order of St John is treated in a way that is neither hostile nor romantically partisan: and the author's conclusions differ from those of other historians. In his description of the Hospitallers' policies, the place they occupied in the government of Latin Syria, their privileges and the way they lived, he shows how it was thay they - individuals as well as the corporate body - played such a significant part in the history of the Christian East in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. This book is important to all those interested in the Knights of St John, the international Orders of mediaeval Christendom or the extra-ordinary states established by western Europeans on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean.


history organization Syria

About the authors

JONATHAN RILEY-SMITH is Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Knights of St. John in Jerusalem and Cyprus, c. 1050–1310
  • Book Subtitle A History of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem Volume One
  • Authors J.Riley- Smith
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1967
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-02660-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4039-0615-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-15241-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 553
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Medieval Europe
    History of the Middle East
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