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Table of Contents Preface i Introduction Warrior Monks? 1 Chapter 1 Foundations 26 Chapter 2 Interior Castle: The Orders' Religious Observance 70 Chapter 3 Ad Extra: The Orders' Mission in the World 110 Chapter 4 Brothers in Arms: The Orders' Relations with Each Other 151 Conclusion 192 Bibliography 198 Notes

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The spiritual lives of three military orders of Iberia: Santiago, Calatrava, and Alcantara.

About the Author

Sam Zeno Conedera, S.J., is a Jesuit Scholastic at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, a former Visiting Professor in the Department of History at Santa Clara University, and the author of the recent Ecclesiastical Knights from Fordham University Press (2015). His current research investigates the early history of the Society of Jesus.

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This is an important study both for the history of the military orders and the history of Medieval Spain. Elegantly, thoughtfully, persuasively, Conedera guides us towards the answer to a perplexing riddle: just why did so many knights consecrate their lives to God? -- -Damian J. Smith * St. Louis University *
"Conedera's book lets us sneak into the headquarters of Iberian 'ecclesiastical knights' and through the fascinating account of their virtues, shortcomings, devotions, and temptations convincingly illuminates the spirituality of their seemingly paradoxical nature." -- -Martina Saltamacchia * University of Nebraska Omaha *
...Ecclesiastical Knights presents a convincing and original portrait of the spirituality of the Castilian military orders and the status of their members as "ecclesiastical knights." * Comitatus *
By focusing on the Iberian orders, who balanced their spiritual and martial needs, Conedera observes these orders in the complex religious landscape of the time and helps us to better understand the intricate functioning and interactions between the individual Iberian orders as well as between them and the various parts of medieval Church and society. * European Review of History *

I highly recommend this book and would suggest its use in any class dealing with the medieval period and that
it be read by those with a non-academic though strong desire for historical knowledge and reading. It is well worth reading and chewing on the finer points of Conedera's thesis.

-- James Bowden * H-Net Reviews *
This is an important work for students of the medieval military fighting orders, the medieval church, the Crusades, the complex social structure of medieval Iberia, or the more broadly international culture of knightly society. Conedera makes a very strong case, and we might hope that, unlike Dom Quixote, his quest to unseat the idea of the "warrior monk" is not taken in vain. * Journal of Military History *
Ecclesiastical Knights is a lucid, original, and thoughtfully argued book. Conedera is to be commended not only for making the orders of Santiago, Calatrava, and Alcantara more accessible to anglophone scholars and students, but also for contributing to the wider debate on the place of the military orders in medieval society in a way that challenges us to rethink the common notion of "warrior monks." * Journal of Religious History *
...offers a new perspective on the major historiographical question of how military orders brethren should be classified by focusing upon a group of military orders who-while they are encompassed by the debate-have not previously been a major source of inquiry. * Speculum *
This book is, in sum, an excellent and innovative analysis that has the further advantage of raising new questions and, hopefully, renewing a much needed debate about the profile and role of these institutions. * Journal of the Historical Association *

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