The Knights Hospitaller of the English Langue 1460-1565 by Gregory O'Malley

By Gregory O'Malley

During this significant contribution to the historical past of the crusades, O'Malley reviews the institutions of the health center of St John of Jerusalem in Britain and eire within the later 15th and 16th centuries. He examines their involvement within the society in these islands and the army, clinical, and devotional paintings of the Hospital's headquarters in Rhodes, Italy, and Malta. this is often the 1st book-length scholarly exam of the paintings of the order's English and Irish priories in any interval.

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Chapter 2 looks at the Hospital’s organization and the conventual life of its brethren in England and Wales, and considers the admission and family background of brethren, the order’s career structure and the relationship between the prior of England and his brethren. It then moves on to the immediate context in which brethren operated—their conventual life, households and servants—before Chapter 3 analyses the administration of the order’s landed estates, the extent and sources of its income and the dispatch of responsions to Rhodes.

In 1469 the subprior and two brother chaplains were among the brethren presenting John Langstrother to the king. Monasticon anglicanum, ed. W. , 6 vols. in 8 (London, 1817–30), vi, II, 839, CCR1468–76, 101–2. 28 AOM355, fo. 168v. 35 There were exceptions. John Mablestone was clearly marked out for advancement from early in his career, and was already a brother when he was ordained priest in 1510. vi, fo. 156v. The 1478 chapter-general had ruled that the common seal of the priory should only be used in chapter and in the presence of four preceptors.

MalliaMalines, ‘Birgu Phase’, 78. 70 A. P. Vella, ‘The Order of Malta and the Defence of Tripoli’, MH 6/4 (1975), 362–81, esp. 373–80; A. Hoppen, The Fortification of Malta by the Order of St John 1530–1798, 2nd edn. (Msida, 1999), 33, 36–7. Many non-combatants were evacuated to Sicily in the 1550s and 1560s. S. Fiorini, ‘Demographical Aspects of Birgu up to 1800’, in Bugeja et al. ), Birgu, i. 219–54, at 236. 71 Hoppen, Fortification, 33–43. 72 Ibid. 36–8. 73 There is a vast literature on the siege of 1565.

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