The Knight Hospitaller (2)
Knight Hospitaller 1306-1565 is an excellent treatment of the Knight in the Order of St John/Malta in the period when the Order settled in Rhodes, and then transferred to Malta up to the Great Siege.
The text is highly readable, and although the subject matter is the Knight of the Order, the book gives a good account of life in the Order, an insight to how the Order was organised, and its history in the time period covered by the book.
The Sections covered are; The knights get a new home; Chronology; Recruitment;
Organisation, structure and finance; Motivation and morale; Costume, arms
and armour; Strategy, tactics, training and naval warfare; Support services;
Everyday life and culture; Fortification and sieges; The move to Malta;
Collections and major related sites; Further reading; Glossary; Colour plate
Contact details for Osprey:
For the details of the first Volume
|The technical details of the Order's eight pointed cross are
correct for the period reviewed. The illustrator has resisted the attempt
to portray the Maltese Cross (post 1565) anachronistically. The cross portrayed
in the illustrations is the Rhodian Cross, as can be seen on page A (page
33) of the colour illustrations.
For anyone seeking to learn about the Order, this book and its companion first volume are well worth buying, providing a wealth of detail not found elsewhere for the price. The colour illustrations are unique.
Criticisms; only one, and it is to be acknowledged that in seeking to provide
an accurate historic account of every detail given the restrictions of size,
there may be omissions.
The omission is minor, as the story of Zizim fails to find its way into many other accounts of the Order. Also to be noted is that the aim of the book is to provide details on the Knight of the Order, which it achieves plus a wealth of connected detail. The book is one to be enjoyed, and worth buying.
The Reverend Dr Michael Foster.