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By Desmond Seward

The army spiritual orders emerged in the course of the Crusades as Christendom's stormtrooopers within the savage clash with Islam. a few of them stille exist oday, dedicated to charitable works. The priests of War is the 1st basic background of those orders to have seemed because the eighteenth century.

The Templars, the Hospitallers (later Knights of Malta), the Teutonic Knights and the Knights of the Spanish and Portugese orders have been "noblemen vowed to poverty, chastity and obedience, dwelling a monastic existence in convents that have been while barracks, waging warfare at the enemies of the Cross." the 1st correctly disciplined Western troops due to the fact that Roman instances, they performed a massive position in protecting the crusader country of Jerusalem, within the "Baltic Crusades" which created Prussia, within the lengthy reconquest of Spain from the Moors, and in scuffling with the "Infidel" correct as much as Napoleonic instances. This celebrated booklet tells the entire enchanting tale, recreating such epics because the sieges of Rhodes and Malta and the destruction of the Templars by means of the Inquisition. Acclaimed on e-book, it has now been revised and up to date, with a concluding bankruptcy to take occasions into the 1990s.

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