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The Knights Hospitaller

These sites look at the History and origins of the Knights of Saint John, also known as the Hospitallers, the Knights of Rhodes and the Knights of Malta.

The Knights Hospitaller - Defenders of Sick and Injured Pilgrims
The Hospitallers were a monastic brotherhood of knights who both tended to ill and injured pilgrims and took up arms to protect them on their way to the Holy Land.

Medieval Rhodes - Greece
The Greek island of Rhodes was home to the Knights of St. John, also known as the Hospitallers, for centuries. Here are some photos of medieval Rhodes, including the medieval fortifications and the palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of St. John.

Catholic Encyclopedia: Hospitallers of St. John...
Extensive, lightly-hyperlinked article by Charles Moeller covers the history of the order from its obscure origins in the early 12th century to the present day.

The History of Costume: Military and Religious
Excellent 19th-century print of two very differently-attired members of the order of Hospitallers from the 12th-13th centuries.

The History of Costume: Religious
Excellent 19th-century print of women Hospitallers from the 12th-13th centuries.

The Knights of Malta
At the Focus on Malta site, a concise history of the order on the island and its impact on the people and society of Malta.

Medieval Rhodes: The Knights of St. John, Greece
Photos, portraits and heraldic charges highlight this three-page feature on the history of Rhodes and the Hospitaller Knights that made it their headquarters. Very nicely done by Michael Cook.

The Order of Hospitallers
A brief introduction to the order at the New Jerusalem Mosaic site includes links to pages on places significant to the order's history and nice photos.

The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller
Large collection of historic texts, articles, images and other resources at the website of the British Grand Priory of the order.

The Sovereign Military Order of Saint-John (Malta)
François Velde's article at his Heraldica site provides an overview of the order's history and includes information about its armory and heraldry.

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