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Considering all the manpower required to run the military orders' western affairs and estates, most Hospitallers and Templars probably never set foot into the central convent. This chapter explores their careers, namely their social, spatial, and hierarchical mobility, as well as career impacting factors, service 'in the world,' and the double duty performed by some of them. Bernard of Clairvaux had argued that the social status of the 'knight of Christ' should not matter because the Templars honored the one who was better, not the one who was of a more noble birth. Considering that both Hospitallers and Templars were exempt orders and, technically, only answerable to the pope, one might even hesitate to call this influence an 'outside' factor.

Keywords:Hospitallers; social mobility; spatial mobility; Templar marshals' careers



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