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Most of the titles used by the conventual officials of the Hospital and the Temple were explicit, namely either derived from a word associated with the office itself (e.g. treasurer, Hospitaller, draper, and turcopolier) or historically linked to a certain function. The exception was the neutral and flexible title of 'preceptor' which both orders used on all hierarchical levels by combining it with a range of adjectives and toponyms. Another collective title for the conventual officials appears in a charter issued on 19 July 1204. The Hospitallers' statutes of 1204/6 discuss the installation of the conventual officials in a certain order, which might reflect the organizational hierarchy at that time. The Templars' normative texts contain little information about the insignia of the order's officials.

Keywords:collective title; hierarchical levels; Hospitallers'; Templars'



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