A member of the military order of the Knights of the Hospital of St. Mary in Jerusalem, which was originally set up to care for wounded German soldiers, but later it also cared for combat knights in the Crusades. The Order later operated extensively in northern Europe.
Related term(s): None
Category: Knighthood and Chivalry
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Konstam, Angus. Historical Atlas of the Crusades. New York: Checkmark Books, 2002.