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The Catholic Historical Review 88.2 (2002) 317-318



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Book Review

Militia Sancti Sepulcri:
Idea e istituzioni. Atti del Colloquio Internazionale tenuto presso la Pontificia Università del Laterano, 10-12 aprile 1996


Militia Sancti Sepulcri: Idea e istituzioni. Atti del Colloquio Internazionale tenuto presso la Pontificia Università del Laterano, 10-12 aprile 1996. Edited by Kaspar Elm and Cosimo Damiano Fonseca. [Hierosolimitana: Acta et Monumenta.] (Vatican City: Grand Magisterium of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. 1998. Pp. 521. Lire 60,000 paperback.)

This volume is derived from papers given at a conference on the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre held at the Pontifical Lateran University in 1996. In addition to introductory and concluding remarks, the volume contains seventeen essays, six communications, and three brief notes. Thirteen of the chapters are written in Italian, seven in German, three in French, and three in English. Brief abstracts in English or Italian are given at the beginning of each chapter. The subjects of the chapters are varied, but all are related in some way to the Roman Catholic presence in Jerusalem. Chronologically, the chapters range from the eleventh to twentieth centuries. Although the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre were given papal sanction only in 1868, they were traditionally held to be direct descendants of the military orders established in the Holy Land during the Crusades. This myth is dispelled in several of the chapters. Nevertheless, the connection between the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and the centuries-long Catholic presence in the Holy Land allows for the examination of a variety of topics, including pilgrimage, the Crusades, Byzantium, Islam, chivalry, knighthood, art, architecture, theology, and medieval and modern religious institutions such as confraternities and the mendicant orders. As a result of the number of languages, [End Page 317] chapters, and topics, this volume will likely attract a wide audience. It is also likely that individual readers will find only a few chapters of scholarly value and interest, according to one's own area and period of research.

 



Paul Sidelko
University of Louisville

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ISSN
1534-0708
Print ISSN
0008-8080
Pages
pp. 317-318
Launched on MUSE
2002-04-01
Open Access
No
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