The Knights Hospitaller

in the Crusader Period:

The Hospitallers were founded in the Eleventh Century to operate a sick-bay for Latin pilgrims in Jerusalem. During the Crusades, the Order slowly became a military as well as a medical organization, one of the best armies in the Middle East -- and in peacetime a multi-national business concern. Even so, the Knights continued to offer medical care even to their enemies, and to live by a semi-monastic rule.

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