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Knights, order of
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1. Religious orders

1.1. Origins

The early modern chivalric orders had their origins in the Age of the Crusades. The Crusades first gave rise to the religious orders - the three largest being the Knights Templar, the Knights Hospitaller, and the Teutonic Order -, then indirectly to the secular orders. Originally devoted to caring for the sick and providing for pilgrims, the religious orders changed over the course of the 12th century into communities of …

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Wrede, Martin, “Knights, order of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026760>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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