Nine Shrouds of Malta and Rhodes

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Malta_KnightsThere were nine original Knight Templars. Pope Benedict sent nine Shrouds into the world. Pope Adrien rescued the Knights of Rhode and Malta, and gave them a Victory Parade in Rome. Adrien appears in Bosch’s painting that contain my kindred who were Swan Brethren. Godeschalk Rosemonds was the executor of Adrien’s Will. All his papal records were disapeared. Some allege the Knights of Malta have run the Vatican.

The Rovers and Striders are moving about the land in search of the man who is worthy to wear the Shoes of Fisherman, and put on the Papal Ring and wield the Seal of the Vicar of Christ. Did the Knights of Malta bid Benedict to risign?

The Dark Riders are coming to the Shire of the Gruyère de Rougemont. There is a break in the stem of the Rose because Benedict did not die on the throne of Peter. The cock crows thrice!

Awake ye Swiss Guard! Arise!

Jon the Awakener

The Nazgûl (from Black Speech nazg, “ring”, and gûl, “wraith, spirit” (presumably related to gul, “sorcery”); also called Ringwraiths, Ring-wraiths, Black Riders, Dark Riders, the Nine Riders, or simply the Nine are fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. They were nine Men who succumbed to Sauron’s power and attained near-immortality as wraiths, servants bound to the power of the One Ring. They are first mentioned in The Lord of the Rings, originally published in 1954–1955. The book calls the Nazgûl Sauron’s “most terrible servants”.

http://www.angelfire.com/il3/threehawks/images19/indextemplar.html

The Knights Hospitallers, which still exist today as the Knights of Malta, were forced to leave Malta by Napoleon, who stopped at the island on his way to Egypt. Today the Knights of Malta reside in Italy, still have their own “sovereign country” and are said to be a secret society for the Vatican.

The Knights Templar began when a group of nine “French” knights came to Jerusalem in the year 1118 A.D. These knights petitioned the king of Jerusalem to allow them to live in the ancient Temple of Solomon, then partly a mosque and partly in ruins.

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The Knights of Malta and Pope Adrian
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I have been asked off line what all my posts have to do with Biblical
Prophecy? My answer is in the form of a question…..Who will gather
the forces of Good to fight the coming War of Armageddon? If the
answer is Jesus, then, what force, gathered by whom, will fight the
forces of Islam – until Jesus’s return? Surely this fight needs to
take place in the next fifty years, or there might not be an America.
And, won’t it be much harder to get Americans to wage a holy war
against Islam – BEFORE Jesus comes – and many doubters and un-
believers – come to believe?

Too many Christians are interested in tax-cuts and creating a have
and have-not society where the chosen ones will end up with more
realestate holdings then the poor have-nots. To this end they attack
the correctness of other Christian’s beliefs, eliminating them from a
seat in heaven, but, how many are joining the Armed Forces of the
United States to wage Jesus’s coming war – NOW?

Jon

The Knights of Malta and Pope Adrian

(Images: Adrian. Adrian’s cote of arms with Lion of Leuvain. Present
day Knights of Malta. KofM. Siege of Malta)

“This news did not surprise Grand Master Fra’ Philippe de Villiers de
l’Isle-Adam. He had
at his disposal six hundred brethren and five thousand men.
Foreseeing danger, he had
requested help from all the other Catholic Sovereigns but nobody was
willing to help
with troops and this meant that the Order was alone to battle against
the Turkish Empire.
Adrian VI urged the princes to bring help to the Hospitallers but his
appeals were not
heard. Meanwhile, a storm was brewing in the last Christian
stronghold.”

The late Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, Baron Marcello Maria
Marrocco Trischitta., said this about Pope Adrian VI, who may have
tried to launch the last crusade.

“After many difficulties the fleet of the Order landed at
Civitavecchia at the end of July.
Adrian VI was alone in offering them refuge and protection. A
triumphant welcome
awaited the defenders of Rhodes. The naval squadron of the Pope
formed a guard of
honour for their arrival at the dock. The Pope put the entire city at
the disposal of the
Grand Master in order to allow the Knights a provisional home. This
was a generous and
unexpected gesture on the part of the Order’s host which gave great
hope for the future.
Fra’ Philippe de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam established the Convent and
Hospital at
Civitavecchia and the Papal naval base became the first residence of
the “Sacra Milizia”
after the loss of Rhodes”

Pope Adrian can be titled the Abandoned Pope because he attacked the
corrupt church in Rome, and called for the suppression of Martin
Luther and his reform, thus neither the Catholic, nor Protestant
Church, have clampioned him – and his personal Reformation. Only the
Knights of Malta, who were/are the Hospitaller Knights of Saint John,
adopted Adrian because he was their benefactor, he raising 100,000
gold crowns so they could defend the island of Rhodes from the Turks.
Adrian offered them sanctuary at the Papa Naval base in
Civitavecchia. In spite of their loss on Rhodes, Adrian gave them a
victory parade, he no doubt still trying to raise moneys amongst the
powerful families of Italy and Florence to fight the knights of
Islam. But the Medici family was more interested in funding the arts
and waging economical warfare with rival banking families, such as
the Pazzis, who assassinated Giuliano de’ Medici whose illegitimate
son would become Pope Clement after Adrian allegedly died of the
plague.

Adrian only served one year as Pope. Adrian’s predecessor was a
Medici, he allegedly dying of malaria though many suspected he was
poisoned. Was Adrian poisoned as well? All Adrian’s papal papers
disappeared after his death. Having been an associate of Ximenes,
Bishop of Tortosa, the Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish peninsula,
Adrian no doubt applied some of the methods of the Inquisition in
regards to reforming the papacy in Rome. Surely he made a list of
names and compiled dossiers on members of the Catholic and Protestant
church – that powerful people would not want to see the light of day –
especially the Medicis. However, Adrian had been the tutor of
Emperor Charles von Habsburg who may have pulled strings in Rome to
get Adrian elected. Charle’s son, Philip, would see himself as a new
Solomon, and claim the title King of Jerusalem. His father was born
in Bruges.

Adrian’s close friend, Godschalk Rosemondt, was one of the executors
of Adrian’s Will. Being the master of Leuvain where Adrian attended,
he surely had an interest in preserving Adrian’s papal papers. I
believe Adrian asked Godschalk to meet with Erasmus and find out
where he stood with Luther’s Reformation as he surely needed an ally
(besides the Knights of Malta) in saving the Catholic Church in Rome
from utter destruction, either through corruption, or a growing
secularism that was being propagated by the Medici Pope (Leonardo Da
Vinci’s patron) who said this; “It has served us well, this myth of
Christ”

Perhaps this is why Adrian was so critical of the arts in Rome, he
receiving pleas from the Knights of Malta for financial support at
the same time he is hearing the pleas for monies to pay for another
equestrian statue where upon a bronze horse sit a brave knight who is
going nowhere near the enemy who has sent a Turkish fleet against
Rhodes, the Rose of the Aegean.

As for the Protestant leaders and knights, they viewed the advance
of Islam as a convenient means to keep in check the abusive power of
the Catholic church, and of course, keep the Knights of Malta – and
perhaps the remnants of the Knights Templar – from waging a Holy
Crusade against them.

In the end, Adrian tried to launch a new Crusade, but, the powerful
leaders in the West were too busy making money, buying art and
artists, or, founding a new religion that would launch a Crusade
against Islam on March 20, 2003 that many claim was a move to capture
the oil of Iraq and make many wealthy men, even more wealthy.

Grand Master Baron Trischitta goes on to say this about Adrian.

In spite of the helpfulness of the Holy See, the Grand Master did not
lose time in
evaluating the various possibilities of a new and adequate home for
his Knights, even
though his hope was one day to return to Rhodes. Among the options
was the port of
Sued on the northern coast of Crete, or Cerigo the most southern of
the Ionic Islands. A
project that received immediate objection from Venice:
the “Serenissima” feared the
close proximity of the belligerent “children” of St. John because of
Venetian commercial
and political relations with Constantinople. Other sites were also
taken into
consideration: Elba, Minorca, Ibiza, Ischia and Malta. The best
solution appeared to be
Malta: it belonged to the Spanish crown and it was Charles V himself
who held the
power to make such a concession.

On September 1st Pope Adrian VI died thereby causing the loss of a
precious ally for the Knights of St. John.”

The Most Serene Republic of Venice (Italian: Serenissima Repubblica
di Venezia, Venetian: Republica de Venexia), was an Italian state
originating from the city of Venice (today in Northeastern Italy). It
existed from the 8th century until the 18th century (1797). It is
often referred to as the Serenissima, which is Italian for its
title, “Most Serene”.

In March of 2007 the Serenissim of Halburton announced it was moving
out of the United States after 2,227 brave American Knights were
tricked into fighting for the rich and powerful CEOs of several
ruthless oil companies who alas managed to get their Puppet President
put in the White House. These Oil Barons claimed they were
Christians, only to get the vote of the Evangelicals. These Oil
Tycoons can also say what Adrian’s predessesor said;

“It has served us well, this myth of Christ”

“ADRIAN was dead. His scheme for the reform of the Papacy, with all
the hopes and fears it had excited, descended with him to the grave.
Cardinal Guilio de Medici, an unsuccessful candidate at the last
election, had better fortune this time, and now mounted the
Pontifical throne. The new Pope, who took the title of Clement VII.,
made haste to reverse the policy of his predecessor. Pallavicino was
of opinion that the greatest evils and dangers of the Papacy had
arisen from the choice of a “saint” to fill the Papal chair.”

Jon Presco

Copyright 2007

Swan Knight

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Adrian was born of humble parentage in Utrecht, 2 March, 1459. He
lost his pious father, Florentius Dedel, at an early age, and was
kept at school by the fortitude of his widowed mother, first at home,
later at Zwolle with the Brothers of the Common Life, finally at the
University of Louvain. After a thorough course in philosophy,
theology, and jurisprudence he was created Doctor of Divinity in
1491. Margaret of Burgundy defrayed the expenses of the poor student.
His popularity as professor of theology in Louvain is shown to have
been deserved by his two chief works, Quaestiones quodlibeticae
(1521), and his Commentarius in Lib. IV Sententiarum Petri Lombardi
(1512), which was published without his knowledge from notes of
students, and saw many editions. As dean of the collegiate church of
St. Peter in Louvain, and vice-chancellor of the university, he
laboured to advance the arts and sciences, sacred and profane, and
gave universal edification by a life of singular piety and severe
asceticism. In 1506, he was, happily for the Church, selected by the
Emperor Maximilian as tutor to his grandson, the future Charles V,
then in his sixth year

Rosemondt, Godschalc

¶BiographyRosemondt, Godschalc (b. Eindhoven 1483/00/00? / d.
December 05, 1526 Leuven) * Variants: Rosemondt van Eyndoven,
Godschalc; Rosemondt, Godeschalck; Rosemondus Endoviensis, Godscalcus
* Theologian and professor philosophy and theology at the Louvain
university. As a personal friend of pope Adrian VI he was one of the
executors of his will in 1524 and was also appointed the first
president of the Pope’s College at Louvain.

Pope Leo X, born Giovanni di Lorenzo de’ Medici (11 December 1475 – 1
December 1521) was Pope from 1513 to his death. He is known primarily
for his papal bull against Martin Luther and subsequent failure to
stem the Protestant Reformation, which began during his reign when
Martin Luther (1483–1546) published the 95 Theses and nailed them to
the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

(1453 – 26 April 1478, Florence), second son of Piero de’ Medici (the
Gouty). As co-ruler of Florence, with his brother Lorenzo the
Magnificent, he complemented his brother’s image as the “patron of
the arts” with his own image as the handsome “sporting golden boy.”

As the opening stroke of the Pazzi Conspiracy, he was assassinated in
the Duomo of Florence, Santa Maria del Fiore, by Francesco de’ Pazzi
and Bernardo Baroncelli. He was stabbed nineteen times and was said
to have died instantly.

His illegitimate son with his mistress Fioretta Gorini, Giulio, went
on to become Pope Clement VII.

‘We must now turn our eyes on those political events which were
marching alongside of the Protestant movement. The Diet of Regency
which the emperor had appointed to administer affairs during his
absence in Spain was now sitting at Nuremberg. The main business
which had brought it together was the inroads of the Turk. The
progress of Soliman’s arms was fitted to strike the European nations
with terror. Rhodes had been captured; Belgrad had fallen; and the
victorious leader threatened to make good his devastating march into
the very heart of Hungary. Louis, the king of that country, sent his
ambassador to the Diet to entreat help against the Asiatic conqueror.
At the Diet appeared, too, Chieregato, the nuncio of the Pope.Adrian
VI., when he cast his eyes on the Tartar hordes on the eastern
frontier, was not without fears for Rome and Italy; but he was still
more alarmed when he turned to Germany, and contmplated: the
appalling spread of Lutheranism.[2] Accordingly, he instructed his
ambassador to demand two things–first, that the Diet should concert
measures for stopping the progress of the Sultan of Constantinople;
but, whatever they might do in this affair, he emphatically demanded
that they should cut short the career of the monk of Wittenberg.

“The Knights of Malta – A legend towards the future” by Marcello
Maria Marrocco Trischitta. The book is downloadable free on official
website.

After seven years of moving from place to place in Europe, the
Knights were established on Malta in 1530, when the Holy Roman
Emperor, King Charles V of Spain, gave them Malta, Gozo and the North
African port of Tripoli in perpetual fiefdom in exchange for an
annual fee of a single Maltese falcon, which they were to send on All
Souls Day to the Viceroy of Sicily, who acted as the King’s
representative. (This historical fact was used as the plot hook in
Dashiell Hammett’s famous book The Maltese Falcon.)

The present organization of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta is
not very different from that during the Order’s early centuries.

Baron Marcello Maria Marrocco Trischitta prematurely deceased on
February 29, 1996. On January 22, 1998 the reform of the
Constitutional Charter and Code, approved by the Holy See with note
of the Congregation of November 7, 1997, came into effect preceding
the second edition of this book. The English version has been kindly
revised by the Author’s wife, Baroness Paola Marrocco Trischitta,
Dame of Honor and Devotion, who thought it useful to integrate the
text with the following appendix.

http://www.unitypublishing.com/NewReligiousMovements/Knights.html

ADRIAN was dead. His scheme for the reform of the Papacy, with all
the hopes and fears it had excited, descended with him to the grave.
Cardinal Guilio de Medici, an unsuccessful candidate at the last
election, had better fortune this time, and now mounted the
Pontifical throne. The new Pope, who took the title of Clement VII.,
made haste to reverse the policy of his predecessor. Pallavicino was
of opinion that the greatest evils and dangers of the Papacy had
arisen from the choice of a “saint” to fill the Papal chair.Clement
VII. took care to let the world know that its present occupant was
a “man of affairs”–no austere man, with neither singing nor dancing
in his palace; no senile dreamer of reforms; but one who knew both to
please the Romans and to manage foreign courts. “But it is in the
storm that the pilot proves his skill,” says Ranke.[1] Perilous times
had come. The great winds had begun to blow, and the nations were
laboring, as the ocean heaves before a tempest. Two powerful kings
were fighting in Italy; the Turk was brandishing his scimitar on the
Austrian frontier; but the quarter of the sky that gave Clement VII.
the greatest concern was Wittenberg.

In 1309 the Byzantine era came to an end when the island was
subjugated by forces of the Knights Hospitaller. Under the rule of
the newly named Knights of Rhodes, the city was rebuilt into a model
of the European mediaeval ideal. Many of the city’s famous monuments,
including the Palace of the Grand Master , were built during this
period.

The strong walls which the Knights had built withstood the attacks of
the Sultan of Egypt in 1444, and of Mehmed II in 1480. Ultimately,
however, Rhodes fell to the large army of Suleiman the Magnificent in
December 1522. The few remaining Knights were permitted to retire to
the Kingdom of Sicily. The Knights would later move their base of
operations to Malta. The island was thereafter a possession of the
Ottoman Empire for nearly four centuries.

After seven years of moving from place to place in Europe, the
Knights were established on Malta in 1530, when the Holy Roman
Emperor, King Charles V of Spain, gave them Malta, Gozo and the North
African port of Tripoli in perpetual fiefdom in exchange for an
annual fee of a single Maltese falcon, which they were to send on All
Souls Day to the Viceroy of Sicily, who acted as the King’s
representative. (This historical fact was used as the plot hook in
Dashiell Hammett’s famous book The Maltese Falcon.)

It was from here that the Hospitallers continued their actions
against the Muslims and especially the Barbary pirates. Although they
had only a small number of ships, they nevertheless quickly drew the
ire of the Ottomans who were less than happy to see the order
resettled. Accordingly, Suleiman assembled another massive invasion
force in order to dislodge the Knights from Malta, and in 1565
invaded, starting the Great Siege of Malta. This siege proved one of
the great victories of history for an undermanned and vastly
outnumbered defense force, numbering some 700 knights and about 8000
soldiers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Malta_%281565%29

This news did not surprise Grand Master Fra’ Philippe de Villiers de
l’Isle-Adam. He had
at his disposal six hundred brethren and five thousand men.
Foreseeing danger, he had
requested help from all the other Catholic Sovereigns but nobody was
willing to help
with troops and this meant that the Order was alone to battle against
the Turkish Empire.
Adrian VI urged the princes to bring help to the Hospitallers but his
appeals were not
heard. Meanwhile, a storm was brewing in the last Christian
stronghold.
On the morning of June 6th 1522, the men on the look-out from the
towers felt their
hearts missing a beat as they watched the fleet looming on the
horizon. Hundreds of ships
loaded with armed soldiers were slowly approaching. The Grand Master
gathered the
Knights together and reminded them in a few words of the commitment
they undertook
when they wore the habit of the Order: they had to show themselves
worthy of the
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privilege of belonging to the “Sacra Milizia” and were to fight the
infidels even at the
cost of their own lives.

Even those who attacked, however, must have been concerned at the
sight of the
fortifications silhouetted against the skyline. A double row of walls
surrounded the city,
firmly joined with the natural rock perpendicular to the sea, and to
make it stronger there
was a moat between sixty and one hundred and forty feet deep. The
city walls included
thirteen towers and the city itself was dominated by the high bell
tower of the church of
St. John. Everywhere there were cannons ready to fire.

The Grand Master, Philippe de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, gave an
immediate demonstration
of his determination. He ordered to set fire immediately to the
villas and summer
residences to prevent the enemy from easily finding hiding places in
the luxurious and
huge gardens. As an example, he ordered that his own splendid villa
be the first to be
destroyed. In fact everything was to be burned down, even within the
walls.
The noose seemed meanwhile to be tightening. Thousands of slaves
landed from artillery
ships of all sizes while the surrounding hills were covered with
banners and
multicoloured tents. When the Turks opened fire the entire island
appeared to be alight.
The Knights’ cannons fired back and as an historian relates, the
towers seemed to emerge
from a cloud of smoke. The Ottomans had to their advantage, a larger
number of men,
greater power, formidable military organization and fanatical
contempt for their own and
others’ life. The Knights of St. John had the joyful courage born of
Faith and the genius
of a Knight, Gabriele Martinengo, the most famous military engineer
of the time. He had
left Candia where he was in the service of the “Serenissima”, to join
his brothers-in-arms
and place all the stratagems that his genius and technological
capacities suggested at the
disposal of the Order.

The duel between the artilleries went on for days and days without
interruption. On the
26th of June, the Ottoman troops prepared themselves for the first
assault. Along the
walls, the Knights of the Order waited for the attack. They wore
battle surcoat over their
armour: a red tunic with a large White Cross. They were conspicuous
among the crowd
and could easily be seen from a distance. Their very presence and the
sight of their
uniforms sufficed to make the Ottomans furious. Before taking their
places on the walls
they attended Mass in the Cathedral of St. John. Like any other day,
this one started with
the celebration of the Divine Rite, but on this morning all the
inhabitants of Rhodes were
there with them. Fishermen, farmers and simple people were around
those men they had
learned to respect and who, for so long, had defended their freedom
and their homes.
Men who had turned their island into a respected and feared land.
On the Turkish front, they were convinced that the long bombardment
had weakened the
resistance of the besieged and they thought that this would have been
the final day.
Preceded by deafening drum rolls and by their Commanders shouting
orders, thousands
of Turks marched towards the walls but after a few hundred metres the
human mass
seemed to falter under the rain of artillery fire which harassed the
Turkish ranks. In spite
of the avalanche of fire and stones from on high, the swarming stream
of men reached the
bastions and attempted to climb them. It was a massacre. Although the
Commanders
exhorted and threatened, the army retreated. Thousands of men were
left dead on the
ground and with them, the hope of a triumphant end of the siege. It
had been an epic day
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for the Knights at the end of which they thanked the Virgin Mary of
Philermo, their
patron, in the Cathedral of St. John. Along the streets of the city,
the Rhodians celebrated
the victory but the siege had just begun, and the Ottomans would
return.

The attacks of the two hundred thousand men surrounding Rhodes were
numerous but all
attempts were in vain. As time passed the Turkish troops began to
refuse to fight but they
were obliged to continue as the prestige of Islam was at stake.
Suleiman, hearing of the
situation, decided to take command personally. On August 28th he
arrived on the scene
with a new fleet, accompanied by more soldiers and artillery
representing a power which,
until then, had been unknown.

In spite of all this Rhodes held out. On September 4th, the besiegers
succeeded in
exploding a mine which destroyed part of the bastion of the Langue of
England. Around
the breach the fighting was intense and the enemy was forced to
retreat, but only at the
cost of great sacrifice on the part of the Knights. The enemy
returned again on September
24th. It was one of the most dramatic days with the death toll of the
Turks totalling
15,000 men. According to the chronicles of the time it had been a
real slaughter.
Within the city the situation became more and more serious. Supplies
were beginning to
run short and the people were exhausted while, on the other hand, new
reinforcements
continued to arrive from Constantinople. Difficult days would follow
for the besieged
and at sunrise on December 17th Suleiman launched his final attack.
After many hours of
desperate fighting the Janissaries managed to climb the surrounding
wall but with the last
remaining bit of strength the Grand Master and his brethren succeeded
in repelling the
invaders. It was hopeless to continue to fight and the Rhodians asked
to make a truce
with Suleiman. Even though they were reduced in number to little more
than one
hundred, the Knights rejected their plea. Fra’ Philippe de Villiers
de l’Isle-Adam,
however, knew of the atrocious destiny that the conquerors would
reserve for the
civilians had they continued to resist. Deeply impressed by the
courage of his adversaries,
the Sultan received the Grand Master with great respect. He knew that
Rhodes was at its
extreme limit but his army had also suffered and the fight could go
on for several days.
Suleiman accepted the proposed conditions: the city and the
population would be saved.
The Knights would be permitted to take all their possessions and
depart with all the
honours of war. The Rhodians would also be able to follow them into
exile, should they
wish.

http://www.orderofmalta.ie/irish_assocation/History.pdf.

On December 24th, following six months of fighting, the Turks took
possession of the
island of Rhodes. At sunrise on January 10th (according to some
chronicles the departure
took place on January 2nd), the Order of the Hospital left the land
that had been its home
for more than two centuries. As the ships slowly withdrew from the
island, the red flag of
the Religious Order was not to be seen but in its place was a white
cloth on which the
image of the Virgin Mary was embroided in gold with the
words “Afflictis Tu spes
unica”. The change of flag was due to the deep devotion of the
soldiers to the Mother of
the Saviour but at the same time it was an accusation against
Christianity who had
abandoned her children at their extreme hour of need.

The Knights Templar were dissolved in 1312 and much of their property
was given to the Hospitallers. The holdings were organized into eight
tongues (one each in Aragon, Auvergne, Castile, England, France,
Germany, Italy, and Provence). Each was administered in turn by a
Prior or, if there was more than one priory, by a Grand Prior. At
Rhodes and later Malta, the resident knights of each “tongue” were
headed by a Bailli. The English Grand Prior at the time was Philip
Thame, who acquired the estates allocated to the English tongue from
1330 to 1358.
The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem,
of Rhodes and of Malta (also known as the Knights Hospitaller,
Knights of Malta, Order of Malta, Knights of Rhodes, and Chevaliers
of Malta) is an organization that began as an Amalfitan hospital
founded in Jerusalem in 1080 to provide care for poor and sick
pilgrims to the Holy Land. After the conquest of Jerusalem in 1099
during the First Crusade it became a Catholic military order under
its own charter. Following the loss of Christian territory in the
Holy Land, the Order operated from Rhodes, over which it was
sovereign, and later from Malta where it administered a vassal state
under the Spanish viceroy of Sicily. Although this state came to an
end with the ejection of the Order from Malta by Napoleon, the Order
as such survived. For a full history of the medieval order, see
Knights Hospitaller.

The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of
Rhodes and of Malta (abbreviated SMOM) is the main successor to this
tradition. The Order of the Dames of Malta is the female auxiliary to
the Knights.

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  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    ISIS mocks American troops, calling them ‘Crusaders’. No doubt my ancestor, Gottschalk Rosemondt, discussed ‘The Last Crusade’ his good friend. Pope Adrien, tried to launch against the caliphate.
    ““This news did not surprise Grand Master Fra’ Philippe de Villiers de
    l’Isle-Adam. He had
    at his disposal six hundred brethren and five thousand men.
    Foreseeing danger, he had
    requested help from all the other Catholic Sovereigns but nobody was
    willing to help
    with troops and this meant that the Order was alone to battle against
    the Turkish Empire.
    Adrian VI urged the princes to bring help to the Hospitallers but his
    appeals were not
    heard. Meanwhile, a storm was brewing in the last Christian
    stronghold.”

    The late Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, Baron Marcello Maria
    Marrocco Trischitta., said this about Pope Adrian VI, who may have
    tried to launch the last crusade.

    “After many difficulties the fleet of the Order landed at
    Civitavecchia at the end of July.
    Adrian VI was alone in offering them refuge and protection. A
    triumphant welcome
    awaited the defenders of Rhodes. The naval squadron of the Pope
    formed a guard of
    honour for their arrival at the dock. The Pope put the entire city at
    the disposal of the
    Grand Master in order to allow the Knights a provisional home. This
    was a generous and
    unexpected gesture on the part of the Order’s host which gave great
    hope for the future.
    Fra’ Philippe de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam established the Convent and
    Hospital at
    Civitavecchia and the Papal naval base became the first residence of
    the “Sacra Milizia”
    after the loss of Rhodes”

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