visión de conjunto:Críticas Can be recommended not only to scholars but also to the general public. All those interested in the history of the crusades must be grateful to have so succinct so reliable and so readable a summary. CRUSADESNicholson one of the UK's leading historians of the medieval military orders succeeds in setting out [the] main features in an authoritative and accessible manner. She has a flair for clear and uncluttered explanations enlivened with telling detail and quotation. And her account is comprehensive... An attractive volume. HISTORY Reseña del editor This short study of the history of the Order of St John of Jerusalem Rhodes and Malta also known as the Knights Hospitaller is intended as an introduction to the Order for academics working in other fields as well as the interested general reader. Beginning with a consideration of the origins of the Order as a hospice for pilgrims in Jerusalem in the eleventh century it traces the Hospitaller's development into a military order during the first part of the twelfth century and its military activities on the frontiers of Christendom in the eastern Mediterranean Spain and eastern Europe during the middle ages and into early modern period: its role in crusades and in wars against non-Christians on land and at sea as well as its role in building and maintaining fortresses. It also considers the Order's activities away from the frontiers of Christendom: its economic activities and its relations with patrons and rulers throughout Europe as well as its hospitaller work and its religious life. The focus of the study is on the medieval period down to the loss of Rhodes in 1522 but the final chapters of the book consider the Order's history on Malta from the sixteenth to the end of the eighteenth century and from the loss of Malta in 1798 to the present day. HELEN NICHOLSON is Senior Lecturer in History Cardiff University. Biografía del autor Prof. Helen J. Nicholson teaches at the University of Cardiff and is a leading international researcher on the history of the Knights Templar. She has written several books on the Templars including Knight Templar (2004) and A Brief History of the Knights Templar (2010) and has published a new edition and translation of the records of the Templars' trial in Britain and Ireland The Proceedings against the Templars in the British Isles (2011). She is currently studying the early fourteenth-century records of the Templars' estates in England and Wales.