Military orders developed from the crusading movement and combined the skills of soldiering with the rigors of monastic life. Examples are the Knights Templar, the Hospitalers, the Teutonic Knights, the Knights of Santiago de Compostela, and the Order of St Lazarus.
Related term(s): Monastic; Order
Category: Military - General
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.