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The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (SMOM), known also as ''The Knights Hospitaller'', the Knights of St. John, the Knights of Rhodes, the Knights of Malta, and [[IHaveManyNames about a dozen variations thereon]], is a Roman Catholic religious order and the oldest and perhaps most important of the three great orders of crusading knights, the other two being UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar and UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights.

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The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (SMOM), known also as ''The Knights Hospitaller'', Hospitallers'', the Knights of St. John, the Knights of Rhodes, the Knights of Malta, and [[IHaveManyNames about a dozen variations thereon]], is a Roman Catholic religious order and the oldest and perhaps most important of the three great orders of crusading knights, the other two being UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar and UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights.


The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (SMOM), known also as ''The Knights Hospitallers'', the Knights of St. John, the Knights of Rhodes, the Knights of Malta, and [[IHaveManyNames about a dozen variations thereon]], is a Roman Catholic religious order and the oldest and perhaps most important of the three great orders of crusading knights, the other two being UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar and UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights.

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The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (SMOM), known also as ''The Knights Hospitallers'', Hospitaller'', the Knights of St. John, the Knights of Rhodes, the Knights of Malta, and [[IHaveManyNames about a dozen variations thereon]], is a Roman Catholic religious order and the oldest and perhaps most important of the three great orders of crusading knights, the other two being UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar and UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' has Knights Hospitaller in the ''Book of Horn and Ivory'' supplement, based on an island in the Shallow Sea known as the Honey Isle (a pun on one possibly etymology of Malta).
* The Knight of Malta is a superhero in the ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' world, the spirit of a Knight Hospitaller who possesses a Maltese person of suitable bravery and honour whenever the island is threatened.


** Played straight in the Ottoman assault on Fort Saint Elmo, during the Siege of Malta. Though outnumbered, out gunned, and under constant pressure. Hospitalis Knights and Maltese Militia defended Fort Elmo even after Ottoman Artillery reduced it to ruble. It was even recorded that the militiamen fought with as much bravery as the professional Knights. However, with the cover of artillery and sniper fire, the Ottoman Janissaries were able to breach and overwhelm the defenders. They held that Fort for 28 days.

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** Played straight in the Ottoman assault on Fort Saint Elmo, which took place during the Siege siege of Malta. Though outnumbered, out While the defenders were outnumbered and gunned, and under constant pressure. the Knights Hospitalis Knights and Maltese Militia defended Fort Elmo even after Militiamen stood their ground. Despite facing Ottoman Artillery reduced it to ruble. It was even recorded Janissaries, sharpshooters, and artillery, the sources claim that the militiamen Militiamen fought with as much valour and bravery as equal to the professional Knights. However, with hardened Knights of the cover Hospitalis Order. Each day they continued fighting, bought the rest of artillery Malta one more day, and sniper fire, the Ottoman Janissaries were able to breach and overwhelm the defenders. brought don garcia's relief force one day closer. They held that Fort fort for 28 days. days, but more importantly, during the Ottoman Assault, the legendary Ottoman Corsair Dragut, was fatally wounded by Sniper fire from Fort Saint Angelo.

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**Played straight in the Ottoman assault on Fort Saint Elmo, during the Siege of Malta. Though outnumbered, out gunned, and under constant pressure. Hospitalis Knights and Maltese Militia defended Fort Elmo even after Ottoman Artillery reduced it to ruble. It was even recorded that the militiamen fought with as much bravery as the professional Knights. However, with the cover of artillery and sniper fire, the Ottoman Janissaries were able to breach and overwhelm the defenders. They held that Fort for 28 days.


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''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1941}}''



* ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'': They were the original owners of The Black Bird.

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* ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'': ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1941}}'': They were the original owners of The Black Bird.



* Literature/{{The Maltese Falcon}} - the original owners of the [[MacGuffin Falcon]] - as in the [[Film/TheMalteseFalcon Film of The Book]].

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* Literature/{{The Maltese Falcon}} - the original owners of the [[MacGuffin Falcon]] - as in the [[Film/TheMalteseFalcon [[Film/TheMalteseFalcon1941 Film of The Book]].


When the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land fell in 1291, the Order settled first in UsefulNotes/{{Cyprus}} and then, in 1310, led by Grand Master Foulques de Villaret, on the island of Rhodes. The military role of the Order shifted from land-based to naval-based operations in the Mediterranean, serving as a sort of Catholic Coast Guard against both Muslim navies and {{pirate}}s and sometimes engaging in something very like piracy against Muslims themselves. They'd cease their operations on Anatolia after being driven out by the Mongol-Turkic warlord UsefulNotes/TimurTheLame when he besieged their fortress in Syrmna.

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When the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land fell in 1291, the Order settled first in UsefulNotes/{{Cyprus}} and then, in 1310, led by Grand Master Foulques de Villaret, on the island of Rhodes. The military role of the Order shifted from land-based to naval-based operations in the Mediterranean, serving as a sort of Catholic Coast Guard against both Muslim navies and {{pirate}}s and sometimes engaging in something very like similar to piracy against Muslims themselves. They'd cease their operations on Anatolia after being driven out by the Mongol-Turkic warlord UsefulNotes/TimurTheLame when he besieged their fortress in Syrmna.
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': The Vigilants of Stendarr roam the realm of Skyrim, slaying vampires and daedra worshippers. They also carry potions of Cure Disease, which they offer to wanderers who have recently encountered vampires, or any other disease-ridden predator. Their Templar counterparts can be found in the Dawnguard, whose secrecy and possibly hypocritical leadership led the order to be destroyed. In the Dawnguard DLC, a disillusioned Vigilant refounded the order, restored Castle Dawnguard, and resumed the Order's original charter of destroying vampires.


Curiously, the Order is treated as an nation of its own right with their own monarch (their Grand Master also doubles as a Prince), passports, currency, diplomats, military and ''air force'', is recognized by more than a hundred countries (most of them belong to the Catholic world) and has an observant status in the United Nations, but they control no country of their own - unlike what their name indicates, they have no sovereignty over UsefulNotes/{{Malta}}, which is an separate independent republic. Their only possessions are two buildings in Rome which are enjoys status of extraterritoriality and an fort that was temporarily granted by the Republic of Malta in an 2001 agreement, which will expire in a century though the Maltese are allowed to terminate it at any time after 50 years have passed in 2051.

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Curiously, the Order is treated as an nation of its own right with their own monarch (their Grand Master also doubles as a Prince), passports, currency, diplomats, military and ''air force'', is recognized by more than a hundred countries (most of them belong to the Catholic world) and has an observant status in the United Nations, but they control no country of their own - unlike what their name indicates, they have no sovereignty over UsefulNotes/{{Malta}}, which is an separate independent republic. Their only possessions are two buildings in Rome which are enjoys status of extraterritoriality status and an fort that was temporarily granted by the Republic of Malta in an 2001 agreement, which will expire in a century though the Maltese are allowed to terminate it at any time after 50 years have passed in 2051.


When the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land fell in 1291, the Order settled first in UsefulNotes/{{Cyprus}} and then, in 1310, led by Grand Master Foulques de Villaret, on the island of Rhodes. The military role of the Order shifted from land-based to naval-based operations in the Mediterranean, serving as a sort of Catholic Coast Guard against both Muslim navies and {{pirate}}s and sometimes engaging in something very like piracy against Muslims themselves.

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When the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land fell in 1291, the Order settled first in UsefulNotes/{{Cyprus}} and then, in 1310, led by Grand Master Foulques de Villaret, on the island of Rhodes. The military role of the Order shifted from land-based to naval-based operations in the Mediterranean, serving as a sort of Catholic Coast Guard against both Muslim navies and {{pirate}}s and sometimes engaging in something very like piracy against Muslims themselves.
themselves. They'd cease their operations on Anatolia after being driven out by the Mongol-Turkic warlord UsefulNotes/TimurTheLame when he besieged their fortress in Syrmna.


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Curiously, the Order is treated as an nation of its own right with their own monarch (their Grand Master also doubles as a Prince), passports, currency, diplomats, military and ''air force'', is recognized by more than a hundred countries (most of them belong to the Catholic world) and has an observant status in the United Nations, but they control no country of their own - unlike what their name indicates, they have no sovereignty over UsefulNotes/{{Malta}}, which is an separate independent republic. Their only possessions are two buildings in Rome which are enjoys status of extraterritoriality and an fort that was temporarily granted by the Republic of Malta in an 2001 agreement, which will expire in a century though the Maltese are allowed to terminate it at any time after 50 years have passed in 2051.


In 1523, after six months of siege and fierce combat against the fleet and army of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the Knights were forced to surrender and abandon Rhodes. The Order remained without a territory of its own until 1530, when Grand Master Philippe de Villiers de l'Isle Adam took possession of the island of UsefulNotes/{{Malta}}, granted to the Order by [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Emperor Charles V]] with the approval of [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Clement VII]]. In 1565 the Knights, led by Grand Master Jean de la Vallette (after whom the capital of Malta, Valletta, was named), defended the island for more than three months during the [http://www.gatewaytotheclassics.com/browse/display.php?author=finnemore&book=barbary&story=knights1 Great Siege]] by the Turks. In 1571, the fleet of the Order, then one of the most powerful in the Mediterranean, contributed to the ultimate destruction of the Ottoman naval power in the UsefulNotes/BattleOfLepanto.

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In 1523, after six months of siege and fierce combat against the fleet and army of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the Knights were forced to surrender and abandon Rhodes. The Order remained without a territory of its own until 1530, when Grand Master Philippe de Villiers de l'Isle Adam took possession of the island of UsefulNotes/{{Malta}}, granted to the Order by [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Emperor Charles V]] with the approval of [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Clement VII]]. In 1565 the Knights, led by Grand Master Jean de la Vallette (after whom the capital of Malta, Valletta, was named), defended the island for more than three months during the [http://www.[[http://www.gatewaytotheclassics.com/browse/display.php?author=finnemore&book=barbary&story=knights1 Great Siege]] by the Turks. In 1571, the fleet of the Order, then one of the most powerful in the Mediterranean, contributed to the ultimate destruction of the Ottoman naval power in the UsefulNotes/BattleOfLepanto.


In 1523, after six months of siege and fierce combat against the fleet and army of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the Knights were forced to surrender and abandon Rhodes. The Order remained without a territory of its own until 1530, when Grand Master Philippe de Villiers de l'Isle Adam took possession of the island of UsefulNotes/{{Malta}}, granted to the Order by [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Emperor Charles V]] with the approval of [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Clement VII]]. In 1565 the Knights, led by Grand Master Jean de la Vallette (after whom the capital of Malta, Valletta, was named), defended the island for more than three months during the [[http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=finnemore&book=barbary&story=knights1 Great Siege]] by the Turks. In 1571, the fleet of the Order, then one of the most powerful in the Mediterranean, contributed to the ultimate destruction of the Ottoman naval power in the UsefulNotes/BattleOfLepanto.

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In 1523, after six months of siege and fierce combat against the fleet and army of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the Knights were forced to surrender and abandon Rhodes. The Order remained without a territory of its own until 1530, when Grand Master Philippe de Villiers de l'Isle Adam took possession of the island of UsefulNotes/{{Malta}}, granted to the Order by [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Emperor Charles V]] with the approval of [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Clement VII]]. In 1565 the Knights, led by Grand Master Jean de la Vallette (after whom the capital of Malta, Valletta, was named), defended the island for more than three months during the [[http://www.mainlesson.com/display.[http://www.gatewaytotheclassics.com/browse/display.php?author=finnemore&book=barbary&story=knights1 Great Siege]] by the Turks. In 1571, the fleet of the Order, then one of the most powerful in the Mediterranean, contributed to the ultimate destruction of the Ottoman naval power in the UsefulNotes/BattleOfLepanto.

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* In ''Literature/TheShadowOfTheVulture'', the main protagonist is a disgraced Hospitaller that survived the Battle of Mohács and is being pursued by Suleyman the Magnificent. He gets saved by [[ActionGirl Red Sonya]] (yes, the inspiration for the ComicBook/RedSonja comic book character) several times during the story.


* Morgan Black, a protagonist in VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII, is a Hospitaller and embarks on a quest on which one of the objectives is finding a way to rebuild the order. The Knights set up shop in the [[WelcomeToTheCarribeanMon Carribean]], which as noted above [[AluminumChristmasTrees actually happened]]. [[spoiler:Oddly enough it turns out to be the Hospitallers rather than the Templars the ones behind the AncientConspiracy this time.]]

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* Morgan Black, a protagonist in VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII, is a Hospitaller and embarks on a quest on which one of the objectives is finding a way to rebuild the order. The Knights set up shop in the [[WelcomeToTheCarribeanMon Carribean]], Caribbean, which as noted above [[AluminumChristmasTrees actually happened]]. [[spoiler:Oddly enough it turns out to be the Hospitallers rather than the Templars the ones behind the AncientConspiracy this time.]]

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