The Military Orders essay collections arising from the quadrennial conferences held at Clerkenwell in London have come to represent an international point of reference for scholars. This present volume brings together twenty-nine papers given at the seventh iteration of this event. The studies offered here cover regions as disparate as Prussia, Iberia and the Eastern Mediterranean and chronologically span topics from the Twelfth to the Twentieth century. They draw attention to little used textual and non-textual sources, advance challenging new methodologies, and help to place these military-religious institutions in a broader context.  

chapter |4 pages


ByHelen J. Nicholson

part |44 pages

Property: landholdings (in Malta)

chapter 1|17 pages

The properties and landed possessions of the Knights of St John in Malta

An analysis of Cabrei 290 and 307, conserved at the National Library of Malta
ByGeorge A. Said-Zammit

chapter 2|15 pages

Representing space

Surveying and drawing techniques in the Maltese cabrei of the Order of St John (XVII–XVIII century)
ByDaniel Borg, Mevrick Spiteri

chapter 3|12 pages

The economization of built property

Urban houses of the Manoel Foundation in eighteenth-century Valletta
ByMevrick Spiteri

part |46 pages

Property: landholdings elsewhere

chapter 4|10 pages

The remains of Templar settlements in southern Italy

Some case studies
ByClaudia Cundari

chapter 7|10 pages

Piety and property in Late Medieval and Early Modern Rhodes

The case of Trianda 1
BySimon Phillips

part |42 pages

Property and Piety: economic activity and material culture

chapter 8|11 pages

A multidisciplinary approach to the production of wine on Templar estates

The Bologna commandery
ByGiampiero Bagni

chapter 9|12 pages

The commanderies of the Military Order of Santiago around Campo de Ourique (Portugal) in the Middle Ages

Properties, resources and administration
ByAna Cláudia Silveira

chapter 10|11 pages

Treasured possessions

Aspects of Hospitaller material culture, c.1680–c.1720
ByEmanuel Buttigieg, Adriana Mintoff

chapter 11|8 pages

The art collections of Hospitaller knights in Malta

ByTheresa Vella

part |36 pages

Property and pugnacity: serfs, slaves and slave-trading

chapter 12|12 pages

‘Our Moors’

Military orders and unfree Muslims in the Kingdom of Castile
ByClara Almagro Vidal

chapter 14|12 pages

The Faith Triumphant

Muslim converts to Catholicism and the Order of St John, 1530–1798
ByWilliam Zammit

part |74 pages

Property, piety and pugnacity: internal politics and vocations

chapter 15|22 pages

Networking at the papal curia as a survival strategy

The Teutonic Order and the crisis of the military orders in the early fourteenth century
ByBarbara Bombi

chapter 16|13 pages

Hospitaller chapters in the medieval priory of Alamania

ByKarl Borchardt

chapter 17|10 pages

Abandoning piety and pugnacity?

New military orders in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
ByRory MacLellan

chapter 18|9 pages

The Knights Hospitallers of St John in Polish lands and Rhodes in the Late Middle Ages

Piety, pugnacity, property, and power on peripheries
ByMaria Starnawska

chapter 19|10 pages

Property, piracy, and pugnacity

Reflections on Venice’s attitude towards the Order of the Hospital in early modern times
ByVictor Mallia-Milanes

chapter 20|10 pages

Variations on a theme

Harry Pirie-Gordon and the Order of Sanctissima Sophia
ByElizabeth Siberry

part |36 pages

Piety: charity and spirituality

chapter 21|11 pages

The charity of the Order of Santiago at the end of the Middle Ages

The case of the hospital of Alarcón 1
ByJaime García-Carpintero López de Mota

chapter 23|15 pages

The patron saints of Military Orders’ churches in Castile and Portugal, 1462–1539

ByPaula Pinto Costa, Raquel Torres Jiménez, Joana Lencart

part |73 pages

Pugnacity and property on the frontier

chapter 24|13 pages

The Military Orders and the principality of Antioch

A help or a hindrance?
ByAndrew D. Buck

chapter 26|19 pages

From pugnacity to peace-mongers

The military orders protecting property and people in the Latin East 1
ByBetty Binysh

chapter 27|7 pages

Hospitaller pugnacity

1306–1421 1
ByAnthony Luttrell

chapter 28|16 pages

A Florentine cleric on Rhodes

Bonsignore Bonsignori’s unpublished account of his 1498 visit
ByMichael Heslop

chapter 29|11 pages

The long siege of Candia (1648–69)

The Knights of St John, a Venetian Protectorate, the Ottoman Empire and a Scottish regiment
ByMatthew Glozier