janner wrote:Centurion Dan wrote:Hmmm........Crusades - yes please!
I must admit having a certain fondness for the Knights Hospitaller - also known as the Knights os St John - who are still prevalent today under the guise of St. Johns Ambulance.
St. John's Ambulance has no link to either of the successor orders: the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem or Brandenburg Bailiwick of the Chivalric Order of Saint John of the Hospital at Jerusalem (or further successors in Holland and Sweden).
St. Johns was founded as a revival order (also called a mimic order) which was granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria and uses the same emblem - obviously before modern IP law was passed
I would beg to differ. I have been to Malta at least three times and visited various castles, forts etc there which were under the control of the Knights Hospitaller. There is definate evidence in these places of a link between the Hospitallers and St Johns ambulance.