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v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • The Genoese at Rhodes, 1306-12-- Gli Ospitalieri di San Giovanni di Gerusalemme dal continente alle isole-- the Greeks of Rhodes under Hospitaller rule, 1306-1421-- sugar and schism - the Hospitallers in Cyprus from 1378-1386-- the Hospitallers in Cyprus after 1386-- the building of the castle of the Hospitallers at Bodrum-- Rhodes - base militaire, colonie, metropole de 1306 a 1440-- the earliest documents on the Hospitaller corso at Rhodes, 1413 and 1416-- the spiritual life of the Hospitallers of Rhodes-- the Hospitallers' medical tradition, 1291-1530-- the Hospitallers's western accounts, 1373/4 and 1374/5, the Hospitaller province of Alamania to 1428-- the structure of the Aragonese hospital, 1349-52-- the economy of the 14th-century Aragonese hospital-- the Hospitaller priory of Catalunya in the 14th century-- Gli Ospedalieri e un progetto per la Sardegna, 1370-74-- the Hospitallers of Rhodes between Tuscany and Jerusalem, 1310-1431-- the Hospitaller priory of Venice in 1331-- the Italian Hospitallers at Rhodes, 1437-62.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780860787969 20160527
This fourth collection of Dr Luttrell's studies on the military order of the Hospital concerns its activities on the island of Rhodes, acquired between 1306 and 1310, where it struggled to contain the naval aggression of the Anatolian Turks and to settle the island and organize its society and economy. At the same time it had to exploit its Cypriot possessions and its European provinces in order to secure the manpower and resources needed to sustain its Eastern activities. The author has spent over 40 years working in the Hospital's archives on Malta and elsewhere throughout the West, studying the Hospitallers' military and naval affairs, their spiritual and medical activities, and the organization of their Western priorities and commanderies. These studies illustrate the workings of an extensive multi-national corporation dedicated to the defence of Christendom.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780860787969 20160527
Green Library
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xiv, 267 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
The Knights Templar are known for their activities in the Holy Land, but this book examines their place in British history. It aims to set them within their national and local context through an in-depth examination of their farming, royal and financial role. Each county where the Templars had a land and houses is treated separately, and the whole drawn together to look at the Order within medieval society.However, the main objective of the Templars in Britain was to send resources to the Holy Land, and the book does not loose sight of events there. The trial and fall of the Templars in Britain is examined and compared with the treatment they received elsewhere.The verdict of history on their guilt is discussed, and the treatment of the order in fact and fiction conclude the book.This is the first-ever history of the powerful Knights Templar as they operated in Britain.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780582472877 20160527
Green Library
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xiv, 223 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • List of Illustrations and Tables, xiii Acknowledgments, xi Introduction: Waving Colors and Boiling Blood, 1 1. The Stars and Stripes of Senator Davis. A Prologue, 8 2. The Standards of State Resistance, 19 3. Selecting and Singing a New Constellation, 39 4. Blood Sacrifice and the Colors of War, 67 5. The Southern Cross and Confederate Consolidation, 96 6. Treason's Banner and the Colors of Loyalty, 125 7. Conquered Banners, Furled and Unfurled, 153 Notes, 179 Index, 213.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691091587 20160528
As rancorous debates over Confederate symbols continue, Robert Bonner explores how the rebel flag gained its enormous power to inspire and repel. In the process, he shows how the Confederacy sustained itself for as long as it did by cultivating the allegiances of countless ordinary citizens. Bonner also comments more broadly on flag passions - those intense emotional reactions to waving pieces of cloth that inflame patriots to kill and die. "Colors and Blood" depicts a pervasive flag culture that set the emotional tone of the Civil War in the Union as well as the Confederacy. Northerners and southerners alike devoted incredible energy to flags, but the Confederate project was unique in creating a set of national symbols from scratch. In describing the activities of white southerners who designed, sewed, celebrated, sang about, and bled for their new country's most visible symbols, the book charts the emergence of Confederate nationalism. Theatrical flag performances that cast secession in a melodramatic mode both amplified and contained patriotic emotions, contributing to a flag-centered popular patriotism that motivated true believers to defy and sacrifice. This wartime flag culture nourished Confederate nationalism for four years, but flags' martial associations ultimately eclipsed their expression of political independence. After 1865, conquered banners evoked valor and heroism while obscuring the ideology of a slaveholders' rebellion, and white southerners recast the totems of Confederate nationalism as relics of the Lost Cause. At the heart of this story is the tremendous capacity of bloodshed to infuse symbols with emotional power. Confederate flag culture, black southerners' charged relationship to the Stars and Stripes, contemporary efforts to banish the Southern Cross, and arguments over burning the Star Spangled Banner have this in common: all demonstrate Americans' passionate relationship with symbols that have been imaginatively soaked in blood.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691091587 20160528
Green Library
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xiii, 268 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
The question of what it takes "to be a man" comes under scrutiny in this cultural critique of the German duel - the deadliest type of one-on-one combat in fin-de-siecle Europe. At a time when dueling was generally restricted to swords or had been abolished altogether in other nations, the custom of fighting to the death with pistols flourished among Germany's upper-class males, who took perverse comfort in defying their country's weakly enforced laws. From initial provocation to final death agony, Kevin McAleer describes the complex protocol of the German duel, inviting his reader into the disturbing mindset of its practitioners and the society that valued this socially important but ultimately absurd pastime. Through a narrative that cannot restrain itself from poking fun at the egos and prejudices that come to the fore in the pursuit of "manliness, " McAleer offers both an entertaining and thought-provoking portrait of a cultural phenomenon that had far-reaching effects. The author employs anecdotes to re-create the dueling event in all its variety, from the level of insult - which could range from loudly ridiculing a man's choice of entree in an upscale restaurant to, more commonly, bedding his wife - to such intricacies as the time and place of the duel, the guest list, the selection of weapons and number of paces, dress options, and the decision regarding when to let the attending physician set up his instruments on the field. As he exposes the reader to the fierce mentality behind these proceedings, McAleer describes the duel as a litmus test of courage, the masculine apotheosis, which led its male practitioners to lay claim to both psychic and legal entitlements in Wilhelmine society. The aristocratic nature of the duel, with its feudal ethos of chivalry, gave its upper-middle-class practitioners even more opportunity to distinguish themselves from the underclasses and other marginalized groups such as Socialists, Jews, left-liberals, Catholics, and pacifists, who, for various reasons, were stigmatized as incapable of "giving satisfaction." The duel, according to McAleer, was thus a social mirror, and the dueling issue political dynamite. Throughout these accounts, the author sustains a personal voice to convey the horror and fascination of what at first appears to be simply a curious fringe activity, but which he goes on to reveal as an integral element of German society's consciousness in the late 19th century. In so doing, he strengthens the argument that Germany followed a path of development separate from the rest of Europe, leading to World War I and ultimately to Hitler and the Nazis.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691034621 20160528
Green Library

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