Category: History

King Amaury I of Jerusalem

Posted September 29, 2017 12:53 pm by Abigail Turner under Guest blogs History Volunteering

by Matthieu Isbell Matthieu Isbell is an undergraduate student of Ancient and Medieval History and Culture at Trinity College Dublin, entering his final academic year. He has an especial interest in the Crusades. He has been volunteering at the Museum of the Order St John over the summer, researching and writing about kings of Latin... Read more »

‘We come with passports instead of swords’: The 1926 Pilgrimage of The Order of St John to Jerusalem, Cyprus, Rhodes and Malta

Posted September 15, 2017 10:13 am by Abigail Turner under Guest blogs History

In the latest guest essay for the Bearers of the Cross project blog, Dr Mike Horswell (Royal Holloway, University of London) explores the history and material culture of the Order of St John’s 1926 pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On the morning of 4 March 1926 over a hundred men and women – many members of the Order... Read more »

John de Brienne, the Man who would be King and Emperor

Posted August 24, 2017 4:30 pm by Abigail Turner under Guest blogs History Volunteering

by Matthieu Isbell Matthieu Isbell is an undergraduate student of Ancient and Medieval History and Culture at Trinity College Dublin, entering his final academic year. He has an especial interest in the Crusades. He has been volunteering at the Museum of the Order St John over the summer, researching and writing about kings of Latin... Read more »

King Baldwin III of Jerusalem

Posted August 24, 2017 4:30 pm by Abigail Turner under Guest blogs History Volunteering

by Matthieu Isbell Matthieu Isbell is an undergraduate student of Ancient and Medieval History and Culture at Trinity College Dublin, entering his final academic year. He has an especial interest in the Crusades. He has been volunteering at the Museum of the Order St John over the summer, researching and writing about kings of Latin... Read more »

The County of Tripoli (1109–1289)

Posted April 11, 2017 12:01 pm by William Purkis under Guest blogs History

In the second guest essay for the Bearers of the Cross project blog, Dr Kevin Lewis (University of Oxford) presents an overview of the history of the county of Tripoli. The county was one of four ‘crusader states’ established in the Near East in the wake of the First Crusade, and was the source for many of the coins now held within... Read more »

Did Crusaders get Tattoos?

Posted March 21, 2017 10:28 am by William Purkis under Events History Public engagement

The film of the lecture on crusader body-marking from our last public event is now available via the Museum of the Order of St John’s YouTube channel. You can also watch it here: To view other films associated with the project, please visit Bearers of the Cross TV, where they are now collected together on one page. The... Read more »

Going Underground

Posted March 17, 2017 12:56 pm by William Purkis under Events History Public engagement

Earlier this month various news organisations, websites and social media platforms were reporting an exciting discovery in rural Shropshire: an underground network of tunnels and caves, supposedly constructed in the Middle Ages by members of the Order of the Temple, better known as the Knights Templar. Many medievalists were sceptical about a direct association between this admittedly... Read more »

The Principality of Antioch (1097–1268)

Posted February 6, 2017 5:25 pm by William Purkis under Guest blogs History

In the first guest essay for the Bearers of the Cross project blog, Dr Andrew Buck (Queen Mary University of London) presents an overview of the history of the principality of Antioch. The principality was one of four ‘crusader states’ established in the Near East in the wake of the First Crusade, and was the source... Read more »

Henry Walter Fincham FSA

Posted July 14, 2016 1:31 pm by Abigail Turner under History

Henry Walter Fincham FSA (1860 – 1952) was central in shaping and developing the Museum of the Order of St John’s collection, in particular the excavated stone and associated records that form a significant part of the AHRC Bearers of the Cross project’s database.  Not only a keen photographer and antiquarian, but also an athlete... Read more »

A History of the Museum of the Order of St John

Posted April 26, 2016 11:48 am by Abigail Turner under Collections History

The Museum of the Order of St John has opened its doors to the visiting public each week since 1978, but the history of the Museum and its collections goes back much further than this.  As early as 1838 gifts of books were made to the Order, with the collection slowly but surely growing to... Read more »