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The central convent of Hospitallers and Templars evolved in the course of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which shows that the convent not only met the orders' need for adequate representation, but was, above all, the nucleus of their administration. It analyzes the central convent's organizational structures. In a treatise composed on Cyprus around 1300, the Hospitaller William of St. Stephen compared his order's master to the helmsman of a ship, in charge of the rudder and, thus, the overall direction, but not supposed to meddle in the affairs of the other officials on board.

Keywords:central convent; Hospitallers; Templars



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