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Ecclesiastical Knights: The Military Orders in Castile, 1150-1330

Sam Conedera, SJ


Ecclesiastical Knights is a spirituality study of the three military orders of Santiago, Calatrava, and Alcántara in León-Castile from the twelfth to the early fourteenth centuries. It explores the fundamental problem of the military orders: how the seemingly incongruous traditions of knighthood and monasticism were combined into a single way of life. Ecclesiastical Knights rejects the term “warrior monks” as inaccurate and misleading, and proposes the alternative “ecclesiastical knighthood.” According to this model, the military brethren sought to consecrate the exercise of arms in service of ... More

Keywords: Santiago, Calatrava, Alcántara, Templars, crusade, spirituality, military orders, ecclesiastical knighthood, Iberia, Spain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823265954
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sam Conedera, SJ, author
Santa Clara University