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Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199642021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642021.001.0001

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The Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem

The Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem

(p.261) 13 The Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem
Keys to Jerusalem

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

Oxford University Press

The Hospital of St John of Jerusalem was the finest fruit of the Crusades, a movement that often failed to live up to its ideals. Its ethos was the antithesis of the feudal system in which it flowered. Hospitallers vowed to serve the sick poor with the devotion that barons gave the king. The ‘lordship of the sick’ crystallized the essence of the gospel in a lapidary phrase that dictated a way of life. Thus, to the Hospitallers the hospital was the palatium infirmorum, ‘the palace of the sick’.

Keywords:   Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, feudal system, hospitallers, sick

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