The Hospitallers and the Holy Land

July 2005
5 line illustrations
206 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843831310
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press

The Hospitallers and the Holy Land

Financing the Latin East, 1187-1274

Judith Bronstein

A new appraisal of the Order of the Hospitallers, showing how they were responsible for the survival of the Christian settlement in the East.
The Order of the Hospital of St John was among the most creative and important institutions of the Middle Ages, its history provoking much debate and controversy. However, there has been very little study of the way in which it operated as an organisation contributing to the survival of the Christian settlement in the East, a gap which this book addresses. It focuses on the impact of the various crises in the East upon the Order, looking at how it reacted to events, the contributions that western priories played in the rehabilitation of the East, and the various efforts made to restore its economic and military strength. In particular, the author shows the key role played by the papacy, both in the Order's recovery, and in determining the fate of the crusader states. Overall, it offers a whole new perspective on the connections between East and West.
JUDITH BRONSTEIN gained her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge

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The book is to be commended for providing a firm basis for further studies by scholars of different fields, but especially for those who are interested in the history of the military orders since the book covers much more than its title indicates. This is a well-written, easy-to-follow book despite the huge amount of data it covers. DE RE MILITARI
Superbly constructed and convincingly argued.[...]Groundbreaking and a wonderful contribution to the history of the "international" military orders. CRUSADES
An original and important contribution to our understanding of the structure and operation of the Hospitaller Order. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW

Author Bio

Judith Bronstein is a Lecturer for the department for the History of the Land of Israel, University of Haifa, Israel.