Knight Hospitaller (1)

Knight Hospitaller (1)

1100–1306

Warrior 33
  • Author: David Nicolle
  • Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • Short code: WAR 33
  • Publication Date: 25 Jul 2001
  • ISBN: 9781841762142
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

Unlike their sometime rivals the Templars, the Order of St John of the Hospital of Jerusalem (or the Hospitallers as they are better known) was not created as a result of the First Crusade in 1099: rather, it was probably established by a group of Italian merchants from Amalfi in the mid-11th century. However, as a consequence of the crusading movement, the Hospitallers became recognised experts in the military capabilities of opposing Islamic armies. This book, the first of two to examine the lifestyle, experiences and military role of the Hospitaller knight, covers the period from the foundation of the order to the invasion of Rhodes in 1306.

Biographical Note

David Nicolle was born in 1944 and worked for the BBC before returning to university in Edinburgh, where he obtained his PhD. He subsequently taught at Yarmouk University in Jordan. He is a specialist in medieval arms and armour, and has written many books as well as numerous articles for specialist journals. He has also presented papers at many international conferences. Christa Hook is one of Osprey's most popular illustrators, a reputation justly deserved given the perfect blend of attention to detail and narrative realisation that penetrates her artwork. Her work for Osprey to date has covered subjects such as the daily life of the Norman knight, the key battles of the Napoleonic wars, and the life of the US cavalryman of the 19th century. Christa lives and works in Sussex, UK.

Contents

Introduction: 'Warrior Monks'- Chronology - Origins and Militarisation of the Hospitallers - Recruitment - Organisation and Structure - Ranks and hierarchy - Motivation and Morale - Costume, weapons and harness - Uniform - Arms - Training, Strategy and Tactics - Support Services - Everyday Life - Colour plate commentary - Collections and major related sites - Archives and Museums - Main Middle Eastern Castles - Bibliography - Glossary

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