Who were The Knights Of Hospitaller

Please do not confuse these people with the now famous knights of the Holy Land, the Knights Templar, they we two distinct groups of crusaders.

The Crusades became more popular with modern bloggers after the attacks of 9/11 and the term “crusaders” came back into vogue.

But there has been enough “magical, mystery” BS passed around on what some call the “history” channels on your Boob Tube.

The Knights of Hospitaller…..On February 15, 1113, the reigning Pope of the Catholic Church, Pope Paschal II, issued a Papal Bull titled “Pie Postulatio Voluntatis,” recognizing the Order of Hospitallers, a military order of Catholic knights that had existed in the Holy Land since about 1099.  The order had begun in Jerusalem during the 11th Century in service of an Amalfitan (established by people from the Italian city-state of Amalfi) hospital that was founded in Jerusalem to see to the medical needs of Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, part of the Christian Crusades.  Known more formally as The Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, the Hospitallers saw themselves as protectors of Christian pilgrims in a very dangerous land teeming with robbers and warring factions.

February 15, 1113: Who Were the Knights Hospitaller?

These knights were tasked to protect the pilgrims to the Holy Land…..and that was what the Templars were tasked to do as well….so what is the story here?

The difference is simple, and not very subtle; the Templars ceased to exist, and the Hospitallers certainly exist right now, working for the sick. Originally the latter were of a military order, the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem. The name comes from the dedication to St. John the Baptist of their headquarters in Jerusalem.

These are not their only names: from 1310 they were the Knights of Rhodes, and from 1530 the Knights of Malta, but they were established themselves first in (or around) 1070 with Muslim permission, managing a hospital for sick pilgrims in Jerusalem. They only became a formal order of knights when the city fell to the first Crusaders in 1099.

Knights Hospitaller & Knights Templar: the difference

More information for those who actually like history……http://www.medievalwarfare.info/templars.htm

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11 thoughts on “Who were The Knights Of Hospitaller

  1. I knew about them from reading History at school. We still have an Order of St John here, and a voluntary ambulance service named after them too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. An interesting overview of the Hospitallers, an order I have a bit of an interest in and learnt a lot about on a visit to Malta a few years ago. I have also visited their central church and Museum, which are both within walking distance of my home in London. If you wish, you can read about them here. If anyone does visit London when this CoVid all blows over I do recommend both these places as being very intrsting and much less visited than a lot of other sites.

    https://fergysrambles.org/2013/02/20/st-john-london-tour/

    I also visited a number of Hospitaller sites on Malta and have blogged about them all on various other pages.

    There were actually more than two chivalric orders protecting the interests of pilgrims and I notice you have not mentioned the Teutonic Knights (who also still exist) who were formed in Acre in 1192.

    The Order of St. John (or whatever other names you care to call them) aren’t really a mystery, their history os well-documented and well worth studying as you suggest.

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