Evolution and adaptation : The Order of Saint John in war and peace

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von Güttner-Sporzyński, Darius. (2013). Evolution and adaptation : The Order of Saint John in war and peace. Ordines Militares Colloquia Torunensia Historica : Yearbook for the Study of the Military Orders. 18, pp. 205-217. https://doi.org/10.12775/OM.2013.010
Authorsvon Güttner-Sporzyński, Darius
Abstract

[Extract] In this article I consider the evolution and adaptation of the Hospitallers over nearly a millennium. Evolution and adaptation are constant, intertwined themes in the Order’s history from its humble beginnings in Jerusalem to the worldwide relief efforts of the present day. In order to understand the Order’s success and longevity I examine the adaptation of the Order’s mission of hospitaller works the Order’s evolution in step with changing political requirements and moral priorities. The Order’s survival – through war and peace – was largely due to its consistent appeal to the nobility and its aspirants as donors, promoters and members. Some of Order’s members found the Order an exclusive club which confirmed social status, some as a means by which to achieve it, and others a vehicle through which they could undertake the charitable works which underpin the Christian faith.

KeywordsMilitary Orders; culture of conflicts; war in Middle Ages; crusade; Hospitallers; Borderlands
Year2013
JournalOrdines Militares Colloquia Torunensia Historica : Yearbook for the Study of the Military Orders
Journal citation18, pp. 205-217
PublisherUniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika
ISSN0867-2008
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12775/OM.2013.010
Page range205-217
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