The Hospitallers in the Medieval Kingdom of Hungary, c. 1150–1387

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978-963-9662-44-5
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2010
374 pages

The Order of Saint John – the Knights Hospitallers – is one of the oldest surviving religious orders. In the middle ages it had its headquarters in the East but its activities there depended for men, money and political support on its Western preceptories and priories. Most of them relied on local materials without utilizing the Order’s central archives, the remains of which are now on Malta. There have, more recently, been books on priories which partly made use of the Malta documents. The work of Zsolt Hunyadi is a further addition both to the study of particular Hospitaller priories and to the history of the order as a whole. A major problem faced by the author was the dramatic loss of archives and documents in Hungary, a difficulty which he laboured admirably to counter in Malta and elsewhere. In one way, it is precisely because developments in the Hungarian priory were so different from those elsewhere that Hunyadi’s work is of such interest.

Acknowledgements
List of maps and tables
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter I An international and regional historiography of the hospital, Current trends in international research (1967 to 2007), Regional historiography: Hospitallers in Hungary
Chapter II The Order: history, structure, and characteristics, From Jerusalem to Rhodes, The structure of the order: from membra to Convent
Chapter III The appearance and spread of the Order in Hungary In principio...: the twelfth century, Prosperity: the thirteenth century Regional characteristics
Chapter IV The Fourteenth century, Consolidation, Templars, crisis, The fight against the infidel and fellow Christians, Preceptories, headquarters
Chapter V Officials of the Hungarian–Slavonian priory, The Arpadian period, The Italian-Provençal rotation
Chapter VI The preceptories and their personnel, Methodological considerations Catalogue Brothers and their status
Chapter VII Hospitaller finance and management Revenues Privileges, immunities, exemptions Seigneurial revenues, Rents and leases Others revenues, Taxes and dues
Chapter VIII Hospitallers in Hungary and pragmatic literacy, Administering law in Hungary Hospitaller preceptories as places of authentication, The use of seals
Conclusions
Bibliography
Appendices a) List of primary sources b) Diplomatarium c) Hospitaller seals d) Tables and figures e) Gazetteer

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