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Nearly nine centuries after their first appearance, caring for pilgrims in hospices and protecting them from attack on the road, Military Orders continue to play a variety of social and charitable roles today. This collection of thirty-three papers from the second international conference on the Military Orders, contributed by scholars from Europe, the Middle East and the United States, reflects a variety of concerns, but the focus is very much on the beginnings of the Military Orders and their heyday at the time of the Crusades.The subject matter reflects the Military Ordersā wide-ranging activities, dealing with topics such as medieval hospital care, crusading in the Middle East, warfare in Lithuania, piracy in the Mediterranean, castles in Bohemia, the Reformation in Switzerland and 17th-century European diplomacy. This volume complements the Proceedings of the very successful first conference, The Military Orders: Fighting for the Faith and Caring for the Sick, edited by Malcolm Barber (1994) and now out of print.
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Helen Nicholson is Professor of Medieval History at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. Her publications on the Templars include The Proceedings against the Templars in the British Isles (2011), The Debate on the Trial of the Templars (1307–1314) (2010 with J. Burgtorf and P.F. Crawford) and The Knights Templar: A New History (2001).Review:
'...study of the military orders opens a window onto a wide array of concerns in European and Near Eastern history. It is to be hoped that the next installment of essays on this subject, based on a planned future conference, will offer as rich a harvest as this one does.' Church History, Vol. 69, No. 1 'Building upon the success of its predecessor, The Military Orders, Vol. II: Welfare and Warfare, ... sets new standards. The editing is superb and all the contents of considerable range, value and interest.' English Historical Review, Vol. 115, no. 461 '...any attempt in a short notice to sum up the findings of these thirty-three papers, read at the second conference on the military orders in 1996, would be foolish. For the most part, it will suffice to signal the importance of this series as an ongoing epitome of scholarly research into the history of the orders.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History, vol. 51, no. 2 '... this collection is every bit as good as, if not better than, the previous collection... This is largely because almost all the best historians working on the subject have been included... all have written works that clearly add to our knowledge of the history of these fighting monks... it should be on every university and college library shelf. the Journal of Military History 'The papers presented in this useful book...will enable us increasingly to understand the 'place' of the military orders in medieval and early modern society.' The International History Review 'This rich and diverse volume...rewards its readers, particularly with glimpses into the archives of parts of Europe hitherto scarcely accessible to English readers... Helen Nicholson has edited well this volume of diverse pickings, which no review can summarize. It rewards consulation not only by medieval historians, but by those interested and intrigued by the viability and malleability of institutions of care and relief.' Medical History
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