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This chapter examines the functions of the conventual officials. In each case, the information available in the normative texts (the 'ideal') is discussed first, followed by a table listing the actual documentation for the individual office-holders (the 'reality'). To facilitate the interpretation of these tables, references are made to the numbers assigned to the documentation in each table's left column. The convent's administration, provisions, and finances were in the hands of several officials, namely, in the order of the Temple, the seneschal, the preceptor, and the treasurer, and, in the order of the Hospital, the preceptor and the treasurer. During the 12th century, when the hospital expanded its facilities and services, a separate official was placed in charge of the order's extensive charitable operations in Jerusalem.

Keywords:Hospitallers; seneschal; Templars; turcopoles



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