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Love, war, and the Grail

Templars, Hospitallers and Teutonic Knights in Medieval Epic and Romance, 1150-1500

Love, war, and the Grail by H.J. Nicholson
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This is a study of the appearances of the Knights Templar, Knights Hospitaller and Teutonic Knights in the French, German and English epic and romance literature of the Middle Ages. It examines their religious roles, such as caring for the sick, their warrior role of fighting Muslims, and examines the role of "Templars" in the Grail romances. It traces how these roles developed over time and considers what function the appearances of these military religious orders performed in the composition of a work of fictional literature. The frequent appearances of the Military Orders in medieval fictional literature are of interest both to historians and to literary specialists. This study considers the subject in depth across the medieval period. It is aimed at academics interested in the history of the Military Orders and of the Crusades; medieval literary specialists working on texts which include the Military Orders; and all those with an interest in the Grail legend.
BRILL; January 2001
289 pages; ISBN 9789047400769
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Title: Love, war, and the Grail
Author: H.J. Nicholson
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