The military and religious orders of the Knights Templar (founded 1120) and Knights Hospitaller (founded c.1099) were a driving force throughout the long history of the crusades. This study examines the work of the two orders closely, using original charters to analyse their activities in their administrative heartland in south-west France, and sets them in the context of contemporary religious life and economic organisation. Recruitment, fund-raising, farming, shipping, and communal life are all touched upon, and the orders' commitment to crusading through control and supply of manpower, money, arms and supplies is continually assessed. Dr Selwood shows the orders at the centre of religious life in Occitania, highlighting their success compared with other new orders such as the Cistercians, and looking at their relationships with the secular and monastic Church. Other themes addressed include the orders' relationship to Occitanian society and to the laiety, their involvement with pilgrimage to Jerusalem, their innovative administrative structures, and their logistical operations.
DOMINIC SELWOOD gained his Ph.D. at Oxford; he is now a barrister at Lincoln's Inn, and practices from chambers in the Inner Temple.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 789 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 27 mm
Historians and interdisciplinary social scientists faced with the task of explaining the HIV/AIDS epidemic to their students can only be grateful to one of the most distinguished Africanist historians, John Iliffe, for his 'introduction' to the history of HIV / AIDS in Africa. Should be on the reading list of every university course that explores the complexity of health crises. For the greater readership, the book is a careful, thoughtful and respectful introduction to this complex epidemic. MEDICAL HISTORY
An appropriate resource for patrons interested in researching the evolution of AIDS in Africa, this scholarly book is recommended for academic libraries. - Rebecca Raszewski in LIBRARY JOURNAL
As it assumes no prior knowledge of the issues, the book is well suited to students and other interested readers. Yet, the analysis is of sufficient depth and detail for it to be of use to a more specialised audience. Extensive references and a reading list are provided for each chapter, equipping the reader with resources to pursue areas of interest. 'Africa has the worst epidemic because it has the first epidemic established in the general population' (p.1). Ultimately, Iliffe offers an accessible account of a vastly complicated and emotional issue, filling a gap in the literature by providing historical context to the emergence of and response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. - Alison Jenkins in AFRICAN AFFAIRS
Iliffe's analysis of the sociopolitical aspects of HIV and AIDS in the context of African history reminds us that disciplines other than the biomedical sciences can provide us with insights that are equally pertinent, though different. Iliffe's review is scholarly, combines biomedical as well as societal perspectives and is sympathetic to and insightful about Africa and its peoples. It is a valuable contribution that reminds us how much we have learned about HIV and AIDS from this uniquely captivating troubled continent. - Kevin M. de Cock in NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE
An excellent, well-informed and readable book. INTERNATIONAL HISTORY REVIEW
An excellent synthesis of the history of this epidemic. IP-GLOBAL