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Title: The dread of violence and the lure of conflict. Contrasting attitudes to warfare : the case of the Hospitaller Order of St John
Other Titles: Historicizing religion : critical approaches to contemporary concerns
Authors: Grech, Ivan (History)
Keywords: Violence -- Moral and ethical aspects
Violence -- Religious aspects
Order of St John -- History
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Pisa University Press
Citation: Grech, I. (2010). The dread of violence and the lure of conflict. Contrasting attitudes to warfare : the case of the Hospitaller Order of St John. In B. Borstner, S. Gartner, S. Deschler-Erb, C. Dalli, I. M. D’Aprile (Eds.), Historicizing religion. Critical approaches to contemporary concerns (pp. 145-157). Pisa: Pisa University Press.
Abstract: From the foundation of the Order of St John in 11th century Syria as a community of lay brethren intent on providing shelter, care and assistance to pilgrims visiting the Holy Land, the destiny of the Hospitaller Knights was irremediably moulded for most of the next millennium. Geography, circumstance, religious ideology, and the pursuit of wealth all conspired to transform the future of the Hospitallers into a violent one, in keeping with the surrounding environment of the Middle East and the rest of the Mediterranean. The Order’s attitude to conflict changed, however, when the theatre of war shifted from the Mediterranean to mainland Europe. The acquisition of property in Latin Syria helped chart the course of the Order’s history, rendering the Hospitallers sensitive to events on the continent. Any land property in Europe was at risk of intrusion, occupation or exploitation by armies on the move, and the Hospital’s property was no exception. This study is an analysis of the Order of St John’s contrasting attitudes to violence, and the geographical, political, religious and historical situations that generated such an approach.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/21968
ISBN: 9788884927354
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