Warriors of the Lord
The Military Orders of ChristendomBook - 2003 | North American ed.
From their humble beginnings in the early twelfthcentury as caretakers of the sick and protectors ofpilgrims to the Holy Land, military religious ordersquickly expanded their numbers and goals. They notonly fought for the holy places but also helped turnback the advance of Muslim armies into westernEurope and aided the spread of Christianity to landsalong the Baltic. The Knights of St. John, the KnightsTemplar, the Knights of Santiago and of Calatrava, the Teutonic Knights, and other formal militaryorders played a fearsome, sometimes brutal, but currently neglected role in the history of Christianity.
Coupling a compelling narrative with strikinghistoric art, Michael Walsh examines the development, beliefs, spirituality, and cultural contributionsof these determined soldier-monks. Walsh draws ona wide range of historical documents, introducingreaders to the missions, lifestyles, writings, and buildings of the various military orders and highlighting their spiritual, intellectual, artistic, and educationallegacies.
Fascinating, informative, and attractively laid out, "Warriors of the Lord will thrill anyone interested in Christian or cultural history.