This fourth collection of Dr Luttrell’s studies on the military order of the Hospital concerns its activities on the island of Rhodes, acquired between 1306 and 1310, where it struggled to contain the naval aggression of the Anatolian Turks and to settle the island and organise its society and economy. At the same time it had to exploit its Cypriot possessions and its European provinces in order to secure the manpower and resources needed to sustain its Eastern activities. The author has spent over 40 years working in the Hospital’s archives on Malta and elsewhere throughout the West, studying the Hospitallers’ military and naval affairs, their spiritual and medical activities, and the organisation of their Western priories and commanderies. These studies illustrate the workings of an extensive multi-national corporation dedicated to the defence of Christendom.
Table of Contents
Contents: The Genoese at Rhodes, 1306-1312; Gli Ospitalieri di San Giovanni di Gerusalemme dal continente alle isole; The Greeks of Rhodes under Hospitaller rule, 1306-1421; Sugar and schism: the Hospitallers in Cyprus from 1378 to 1386; The Hospitallers in Cyprus after 1386; The building of the castle of the Hospitallers at Bodrum; Rhodes: base militaire, colonie, métropole de 1306 Ã 1440; The earliest documents on the Hospitaller corso at Rhodes, 1413 and 1416; The spiritual life of the Hospitallers of Rhodes; The Hospitallers’ medical tradition, 1291-1530; The Hospitallers’ western accounts, 1373/4 and 1374/5; The Hospitaller province of Alamania to 1428; The structure of the Aragonese Hospital, 1349-1352; The economy of the 14th-century Aragonese Hospital; The Hospitaller priory of Catalunya in the 14th century; Gli Ospedalieri e un progetto per la Sardegna, 1370-1374; The Hospitallers of Rhodes between Tuscany and Jerusalem, 1310-1431; The Hospitaller priory of Venice in 1331; The Italian Hospitallers at Rhodes, 1437-1462; Addenda and corrigenda; Index.
'... significantly advance[s] our understanding of medieval military orders.... recommended to scholars and graduate students interested in both representations and the reality of these fighting fraternities whose violent zeal and ideal of selfless service helped give rise to Europe's unfortunate tendency to assume a civilizing mission toward the rest f the world during the centuries ahead.' Sixteenth Century Journal