Military Orders in the Crusader States

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  • Military Orders in the Crusaders States
    • Growth
      • Wealth
        • Bankers
        • Power of Lords - on par with nobility
      • Growing dependence and support from Crusader States
      • Crusading less popular before 3rd Crusade
        • Many just made donations to MO's instead
    • Encouraged immigration to Outremer
      • Funded and defended conveys
      • Banks along trade/travel routes
    • Defence
      • Built borders around Outremer
      • Created / supplemented garrisons
      • Manpower to defend cities + towns
      • Provided expert, elite support to 2nd/3rd Crusaders
      • Provided stability by garrisoning key castles
    • Survival
      • Relied on donations / support from Western Europe
      • Castles - needed somewhere to base defence
      • Forced to cooperate with Crusader States rulers
      • Church Support + preachers like Bernard of Clairvaux
    • Military Campaigns
      • Templars sent 120 knights + 1000 soldiers to Antioch against Nur ad-Din
      • 1167 Hospitallers offered 500 knights + 500 turcopoles for invasion of Egypt
      • 80 Templars fought against Saladin at Montgisard
    • Castles
      • 1178 received Jacob's Ford from Baldwin III
      • 1185 - Raymond's castles taken over by MO to keep balance of power

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