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By Helen Nicholson

This can be a examine of the appearances of the Knights Templar, Knights Hospitaller and Teutonic Knights within the French, German and English epic and romance literature of the center a while. It examines their non secular roles, equivalent to taking good care of the in poor health, their warrior function of combating Muslims, and examines the position of ''Templars'' within the Grail romances. It strains how those roles constructed over the years and considers what functionality the appearances of those army spiritual orders played within the composition of a piece of fictional literature. The common appearances of the army Orders in medieval fictional literature are of curiosity either to historians and to literary experts. This research considers the topic intensive around the medieval interval. it's aimed toward teachers attracted to the heritage of the army Orders and of the Crusades; medieval literary experts engaged on texts which come with the army Orders; and all people with an curiosity within the Grail legend.

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2, lines 1–16. 59 Green, Medieval Listening and Reading, pp. 265–9. 20 CHAPTER ONE metre varied. In Old French epic verse, the last word of each line of a laisse assonates, while Middle English epic verse is made up of alliterating words rather than assonating or rhyming lines. The epic or chanson de geste is generally described as being concerned with the history of a family rather than of an individual, although stories generally concentrated on a certain individual who played a central role, such as Roland in La Chanson de Roland, Guillaume d’Orange in Aliscans, Sebille in the Chanson des Saisnes, and la Belle Hélène de Constantinople in the epic poem named after her.

They attracted volunteers from all ranks of society. The most prominent members were knights, but also included servientes, non-knightly fighting men, craftsmen and servants, as well as clergy and women, who might be nuns or might be nursing sisters, depending on the order. Members were not crusaders, because they were committed to God’s service for life, unlike crusaders who were only bound to fight for the duration of the expedition. Full members of the Military Orders were fully professed religious, taking the three 70 This is the definition given by Norman Housley in Later Crusades, p.

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