Transubstantion comes from the two Latin words trans (across) and substantiation (substance). Transubstantation is the belief that the whole substance of bread and wine is converted or literally changed into the whole substance of the body and blood of Christ, with onl...

June 6, 2020

The Crusades are considered an enigmatic time in history for Christians and Muslims alike. While there has been much fighting between the two over the ages, no other period records such passion and military endeavors between the religions. Thankfully, the eleventh thro...

April 20, 2020

     The crusaders and settlers in the Latin States – most of whom, in common with inhabitants of any frontier society, had direct experience of military conflict – were no exception, and the sources contain a number of references to them playing games, which usually i...

February 15, 2020

Andrew A. Latham is a Professor and Chair, Political Science Department, Macalester College. He is the author of Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the Age of the Crusades and the fictional novel The Holy Lance. You can visit his website at www.aal...

January 9, 2020

Although for the majority of the medieval military-religious orders their hospitable function was as important to them as their military function, scholars have not given as much attention to this more peaceful side of their activities as they have to warfare. In recen...

The First Crusade – 1099

        From the late eleventh century (1096) until 1291 a continuing influx of pilgrims, armies, peasants and religious orders from Europe entered the Holy Land. Originally, their intent was recapturing Jerusalem from the Mohammedans. Later, ar...

December 10, 2019

The ORB: On-line reference for Medieval Studies-2016

What were the military orders? The Templars and Hospitallers are the best known of the military orders. These were religious orders, similar to monastic orders in their way of life, but with the special functions of p...

December 10, 2019

Published in History Today (/archive/history-today/latest) Volume: 44 Issue: 12

What did medieval contemporaries think of military orders such as the Knights Hospitaller and Teutonic Knights? Helen Nicholson investigates.

In October 1307, by order of Philip IV of France,...

Traditional history claims that the Knights Templar were given residence in the stables of King Solomon’s Temple by the King of Jerusalem. However, there is significant archeological evidence that the area thought to be the Temple of Solomon wasn’t that at all.

The Temp...

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