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The Hospitaller

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The Knights Hospitaller (the Order of Knights of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem or Knights of Malta or Knights of Rhodes) is a tradition which began as a Benedictine nursing Order founded in the 11th century. Originally based in the Holy Land it soon became a militant Christian Chivalric Order under its own charter and was charged with the care and defence of pilgrims. The knights built and manned a hospital at Jerusalem for pilgrims in A. D. 1042. Following the loss of Christian territory in the Holy Land the Order operated from Rhodes of which it was sovereign and later from Malta as a vassal. The medieval Order came to an end following its ejection from Malta by Napoleon. Our Hospitaller is loosely based on a sword in the Royal Armoury at Leeds (#1027) and is a classic sword for a mounted knight of the Crusading era. Oakeshott describes a Type XI as having a long narrow blade sharply contrasting with the short broad blades of Type X. the edges running almost parallel for about two-thirds of the blade's length. The fuller is narrow often shallow and runs for four-fifths of the blade length. The Hospitaller has a long and handsome blade with a short point section clearly dedicated to the cut. The grip is of moderate length making this a single hand sword despite its great size. A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword This sword is offered in a limited edition of only 500 collectible swords worldwide. Name That Sword Contest Winner: Jeremy Krause "I mean you guys need swords representing BOTH of the great millitary orders involved in the Crusades and this sword seems to be a very appropriate choice to balance with the Templar. I do not believe that your line will be complete if both orders are not represented." Specifications Total length: 40"(102 cm) Blade length: 33.75"(86 cm) Blade width: 1.88"(4.8 cm) CoG: 5.25"(13 cm) CoP: 22"(56 cm) Weight: 2 lbs 10.2 oz (1.2 kilos)


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