The Monks Of War: The Military Religious Orders by Desmond Seward

The Monks Of War: The Military Religious Orders

byDesmond Seward

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The military religious orders emerged during the Crusades as Christendom's stormtroopers in the savage conflict with Islam. Some of them still exist today, devoted to charitable works. The Monks of War is the first general history of these orders to have appeared since the eighteenth century.

The Templars, the Hospitallers (later Knights of Malta), the Teutonic Knights and the Knights of the Spanish and Portuguese orders were "noblemen vowed to poverty, chastity and obedience, living a monastic life in convents which were at the same time barracks, waging war on the enemies of the Cross." The first properly disciplined Western troops since Roman times, they played a major role in defending the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem, in the "Baltic Crusades" which created Prussia, in the long reconquest of Spain from the Moors, and in fighting the "Infidel" right up to Napoleonic times. This celebrated book tells the whole enthralling story, recreating such epics as the sieges of Rhodes and Malta and the destruction of the Templars by the Inquisition. Acclaimed on publication, it has now been revised and updated, with a concluding chapter to take events into the 1990s.

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Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Cambridge University. He is the author of Richard III: England's Black Legend, The Monks of War, and The War of the Roses.
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Title:The Monks Of War: The Military Religious OrdersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.78 × 5.11 × 1 inPublished:March 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140195017

ISBN - 13:9780140195019

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Preface

I. Introduction
1. The Monks of War

II. Latin Syria 1099-1291
2. The birth of a new vocation
3. The bulwark of Jerusalem
4. Armageddon

III. The Crusade on the Baltic 1200-1560
5. The Crusade on the Baltic
6. The Ordensland: an army with a country
7. The Crusaders without a cause

IV. The Reconquista 1158-1493
8. The Reconquista
9. The Great Advance
10. Kings and Masters
11. Triumph and Nemesis

V. Readjustment 1291-1522
12. Readjustment and the Templar dissolution
13. Rhodes and the Sea Knights
14. The Three Sieges

VI. The Last Crusade 1523-1571
15. The battle for the Mediterranean

VII. Baroque Paladins 1571-1789
16. Baroque Paladins

VIII. Survival—Against All Odds 1789-1995
17. Survival—Against All Odds

Appendices: Orders of St. John in the Modern World
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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The military religious orders emerged during the Crusades as Christendom's stormtroopers in the savage conflict with Islam. Some of them still exist today, devoted to charitable works. The Monks of War is the first general history of these orders to have appeared since the eighteenth century. The Templars, the Hospitallers (later Knights of Malta), the Teutonic Knights, and the Knights of the Spanish and Portuguese orders were 'noblemen vowed to poverty, chastity and obedience, living a monastic life in convents which were at the same time barracks, waging war on the enemies of the Cross'. The first properly disciplined Western troops since Roman times, they played a major role in defending the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem, in the 'Baltic Crusades' which created Prussia, in the long reconquest of Spain from the Moors, and in fighting the 'Infidel' right up to Napoleonic times. This celebrated book tells the whole enthralling story, recreating such epics as the sieges of Rhodes and Malta and the destruction of the Templars by the Inquisition. Acclaimed on publicat

Editorial Reviews

"Undeniably the work of someone who knows and accepts the standards of critical history, but who sees the past also as an epic or a colourful spectacle" —Professor David Knowles in The Times Literary Supplement"His scholarship is great, his theme both interesting and largely unexplored and his judgment sound" —Economist"The book is excellent and firmly based on the primary sources of which Seward has a remarkable grasp." —New Society"Compulsive reading, attractively written, and retaining one's fascinated interest throughout" —Catholic Herald