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Ecclesiastical KnightsThe Military Orders in Castile, 1150-1330$
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Sam Conedera, SJ

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265954

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265954.001.0001

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Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

The Orders’ Relations with One Another

(p.112) Chapter Four Brothers in Arms
Ecclesiastical Knights

Sam Zeno Conedera

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the military orders’ relations with one another through examining a series of documents known as hermandades, or pacts. These agreements established and progressively expanded terms of mutual cooperation among the orders. These terms included participation in combat, division of spoils, dispute resolution, and the performance of penance, among other things. Having examined the agreements themselves, the chapter then explores how, and to what extent, these terms were fulfilled in actual practice. Despite the limitations of the evidence, it is clear that the orders were conscious of the way of life that they shared and sought to establish a spiritual brotherhood across the boundaries of their respective communities.

Keywords:   hermandades, pacts, cooperation, brotherhood

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