Soldiers of Christ

The Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar in medieval Ireland

Martin Browne OSB & Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB, editors

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-572-9
November 2015. 280pp; ills.

The Military and Hospitaller Orders emerged in the twelfth century as Christendom engaged with the threats and the opportunities offered by its Muslim and non-Christian neighbours. In an Irish context, the Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar were the most significant expressions of this unusual vocation that sought to combine military service with monastic observance. Arriving with the first Anglo-Norman settlers, the orders were granted vast landholdings and numerous privileges in Ireland to support their activities in Palestine and the Middle East. From the outset, the knights were closely associated with the administration of the Anglo-Irish colony, with the superior of the Hospitallers, the Prior of Kilmainham, consistently playing a key role in crown affairs. This volume, the proceedings of the Third Glenstal History Conference, explores the history of the Military and Hospitaller Orders in Ireland from their arrival in the late twelfth century to their dissolution and attempted revival in the mid-sixteenth century. Other contributions explore the orders’ agricultural, artistic, economic, pastoral and religious activities as well as examining the archaeology of many of their sites.

Contributors: Paul Caffrey (NCAD), Edward Coleman (UCD), Eamonn Cotter (ind.), Declan M. Downey (UCD), Pat Grogan (ind.), Margaret Murphy (Carlow College), Paul Naessens (NUIG), Helen J. Nicholson (U Cardiff), Colmán Ó Clabaigh (Glenstal Abbey), Kieran O’Conor (NUIG), Tadhg O’Keeffe (UCD), Gregory O’Malley (ind.), Brendan Scott (ind.), Paolo Virtuani (UCD).

The editors, Martin Browne OSB and Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB, are monks of Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick.