By David Nicolle
Having campaigned on land in the course of their early life, the Hospitallers fought generally at sea from the flip of the 14th century. The emphasis was once now on small-scale operations, instead of the crusading invasion that had so usually come to grief. Having conquered Rhodes, the Order fortified it and transferred there in 1309. A interval of on-off conflict with the Mamluks grew to become full-blown clash with the Ottomans, who captured Rhodes in 1522, forcing the Hospitallers to move to Malta. This booklet, the second one of 2, takes a detailed examine the boys who lived and died for the Hospitaller reason during this key interval, and the political and fiscal function that the Order performed in the Christian empire.
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