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The Order of Saint John in Malta

Ayşe Devrim Atauz

in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031798
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031798.003.0004
The Order of Saint John in Malta

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This chapter discusses the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, which arrived and was founded in Malta in the eleventh century. It was initially meant to be a hospice for the care of pilgrims in Jerusalem, but became a religious and Hospitaller brotherhood before becoming a military order integrating the monastic and military ways of life. The discussion emphasizes that the Order of Saint John had two major functions: to provide hospital services to those in need and to fight the forces of Islam.

Keywords: Order of Saint John; Malta; hospice; military order; brotherhood; hospital services; Islam; monastic; military

Chapter.  6880 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Underwater Archaeology

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