A Dictionary of All Religions and Religious Denominations/Knigts
*KNIGHTS: three orders of knighthood were instituted in the twelfth century for the defence of christianity, and for the annoyance of infidels. 1. The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem were designed to relieve and assist the vast number of pilgrims who visited Jerusalem and the holy land. 2. The templars (so called from a palace adjoining Jerusalem) were purely a military order, who were to guard the roads and protect the christians from the Mahometans. 3. The teutonic Knights of St. Mary chiefly devoted their service to the care of the soldiers wounded in the holy wars. The two latter orders have been long extinct; but the former found an asylum in the Isle of Malta
- Mosheim, vol. iii. p. 18—20. N. Ed.