The History of Leith

November 6, 2007

The Military Order of St. James of the Sword


During the XII th. century some of the religious orders of knighthood or military orders founded in the Holy Land after the I Crusade, began to establish themselves in the Iberian Peninsula looking for recruits, obtaining land from the Iberian Kings and helping them in the Reconquest.

The example of the Templars and of the Hospitallers of St. John might well have had a decisive influence in the appearance of the first Iberian military orders, founded with the same Christian ideal of leading an evangelical life and of fighting the infidel with arms, defending the Holy Church. for more click here

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