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Pearls from the Pend No.6 - St John Scotland

Recent Additions to the Library

SINCE the pre-war and post-war publications about the Knights of St John by authors such as Sir Edwin King, Elizabeth Schermerhorn, Claire Eliane Engel and Jonathan Riley-Smith – to name only a few – there has been in recent decades a surge of interest in the Military Orders and the Crusades in books, both non-fiction and fiction, articles in popular history magazines and scholarly journals and in films.

Students from Scottish universities undertaking research in the Library for their dissertations find very useful the latest historical research based on papers from conferences held at the Museum of St John, St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, under the auspices of the London Centre for the Study of the Crusades, and in lectures delivered to, and subsequently published by,  the St John Historical Society, also at St John’s Gate.

What has proved fruitful has been the sending of Priory of Scotland  Year Books and the ‘blue book’ (The Knights of St John of Jerusalem in Scotland) to  the Archivists/Librarians of the St John Ambulance Historical Society of Australia, the Order of St John of Jerusalem in The Netherlands and the Bailiwick of Utrecht of the Teutonic Order – and receiving in return their publications including the impressive journal St John History and magnificent examples of Dutch book design and production (with summaries in English).

BARBER, Malcolm (ed.), The Military Orders [Vol. 1]: Fighting for the Faith and Caring for the Sick, Aldershot: Variorum, 1994.

BRADLEY, Ian, God Save The Queen: The Spiritual Dimension of Monarchy, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2002.

CHIGNELL, Anthony, The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital: A Personal Account of the years 2002 to 2008 [by the former Order Hospitaller].

COCHRANE, Peter, The Gillons of Wallhouse: a short history based on the family papers, Abbey St Bathans: J.Jardine Dobie, 1993 [spiral-bound facsimile; the original edition restricted to 50 copies].

DAFOE, Stephen, An Illustrated History of the Knights Hospitaller, Hersham: Ian Allan, 2010.

EDBURY, Peter W. (ed.), The Military Orders [Vol. 5]: Politics and Power, Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.

HESHUSIUS, Monda, Honderd jaar: Johanniter Orde in Nederland, 1909—2009, Zwolle: Waanders Uitgevers, 2009.

HOWIE-WILLIS, Ian (ed.), St John History: The Journal of the St John Ambulance Historical Society of Australia, Vols. 15 & 16, ACT: Deakin, 2015 & 2016. Vols 1-14 of St John History are available online at the St John Ambulance Australia national website stjohn.org.au/about (click on History).

MACLELLAN, Rory, ‘Lord Sanct Johnis’: William Knollis and the Transformation of the Scottish Hospitallers’, Whispering Gallery [Dorothy Dunnett Society], Issue 131, June 2016, pp. 22-7.

MALLIA-MILANES, Victor (ed.), The Military Orders [Vol. 3]: History and Heritage, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.

MEUWISSEN, Daantje, Gekoesterde traditie: De portretreeks met de landcommandeurs van de Utrechtse Balij van de Ridderlijke Duitsche Orde, Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren, 2011 [English summary, pp. 592-614].

MOL, Johannes A., MILITZER, Klaus & NICHOLSON, Helen (eds), The Military Orders and the Reformation: Choices, State Building and the Weight of Tradition. Papers of the Utrecht Conference, 30 Sept – 2 Oct 2004, Hilversum: Verloren, 2006.

MORTON, Nicholas, The Medieval Military Orders, 1120—1314, Harlow: Pearson Education, 2013.

NICHOLSON, Helen (ed.), The Military Orders [Vol. 2]: Welfare and Warfare, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998.

O’MALLEY, Gregory, The Knights Hospitaller of the English Langue, 1460—1565, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

OXER, Harry F., Ceremonial Swords of the Order of St John, Belmont, WA: St John Ambulance Australia, 2013.

PARTNER, Peter, God of Battles: Holy Wars of Christianity and Islam, London: HarperCollins, 1997.

PARTNER, Peter, The Murdered Magicians: The Templars and their Myth, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981.

PHILLIPS, Simon, The Prior of the Knights Hospitaller in Late Medieval England, Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2009.

SAINTY, Guy Stair & HEYDEL-MANKOO, Rafal (eds), World Orders of Knighthood & Merit, 2 vols, Wilmington, Delaware: Burke’s Peerage & Gentry, 2006.

TRANOVICH, Margaret, Melisende of Jerusalem: The World of a Forgotten Crusader Queen, London: East & West Publishing, 2011.

UPTON-WARD, Judi (ed.), The Military Orders [Vol. 4]: On Land and by Sea, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.

WARE, Thomas, ‘The Greatest of the Preceptors?: William Knollis, the Knights of St John in Scotland and the Secularisation Thesis Reassessed’, MLitt Mediaeval History Dissertation, University of St Andrews, 2016.

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