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Knights Hospitaller Shield


Hiospitaller knights medieval shield with white cross and black background

The Knights Hospitaler
or Knights of St. John of Jerusalem
originated about the time of the first Crusade (1096–99) . They took their name from a hospital at Jerusalem.

This Replica Medieval Shield . . .
is constructed of 16 ga. steel. The shield size is 18" x 24" and it has a curved shape. It is the classic "Heater" style battle shield. The graphic artwork is sprayed with a protective layer of polyurethane to preserve the canvas face. The shields are available in either a wall display version with a chain to hang from or a hand-held battle ready version with heavy duty 1 1/2" leather straps on the back. Order the version you desire below.

SH200-A Knights Hospitaler Display
with Hanging Chain

Hanging Shield Back View

SH350-A Knights Hospitaller Battle Ready Shield with Leather Straps
Battle Shield Back View


4 Point Shield Version
Medieval Hospitaller shield with 4 point design
Hospitaller Shield - 4 Point

SH4PHG-A Knights Hospitaller 4 Point Display
with Hanging Chain


SH4PBR-A Knights Hospitaller
4 Point Hand-Held Battle Ready Shield

w/ Leather Straps

Knights Hospitaller - Guardians of Pilgrims in the Holy Land

So much has been focused on the Templar Knights, romanticized even today in modern writings, that many of the other organizations that sprung from the First Crusades have been ignored. One such group was the Knights Hospitaller.

The group was founded originally as an order dedicated to caring for the sick among the pilgrims in Jerusalem under the direction of Blessed Gerard Thom, with a Papal Bull from Pope Paschal II in 1113. There is a historical conflict, some claiming association with a hospital under the Benedictine monks and others stating that the Benedictine hospital had their own order. Regardless, the group had its roots in the physical care of the sick in one of the earliest infirmaries established for pilgrims to the Holy Land in Jerusalem and were known as the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, The knight order was one of the largest military orders in the area and in addition to caring for the sick, began to accompany the Pilgrims on their journey in order for them to navigate the very rocky political struggles that occurred after the First Crusade among the victors. Many of the wealthiest and powerful families of Europe were part of the Hospitallers.

Their base of operations was spread throughout the region in castles and ports.
Many of the modern orders of Knights have their roots in the Hospitallers, remaining true to the tenets of the original group, caring for the sick and the poor. Their influence was significant through Europe and the Middle East through the following centuries until Napoleon Bonaparte, in 1798, ordered them from their headquarters on the Isle of Malta and the Grand Master Ferdinand Von Hompesch, surrendered and vacated Malta. He dispersed the Knights, who returned to establish independent orders of various religious persuasions under different royalty all over Europe, with a few regrouping in St. Petersburg, Russia, who refused the order of Von Hompesch to disband the order. The Tsar of Russia, Alexander I, returned the order to the control of Pope Pius II, who renamed the order, the Russian Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta.

Their motto, still retained by the many modern orders descended from them is:
“Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum”

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