The Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Military Hospitaller
Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Order of St. John, Knights
of Malta, and Chevaliers of Malta; French: Ordre des Hospitaliers, Maltese:
Ordni ta’ San Ġwann) is a Christian organization that began as an Amalfitan
hospital founded in Jerusalem in approximately 1080 to provide care for poor,
sick or injured pilgrims to the Holy Land. After the Western Christian reconquest
of Jerusalem in 1099 during the First Crusade, it became a religious/military
order under its own charter, and was charged with the care and defence of the
Holy Land. Following the conquest of the Holy Land by Islamic forces, the
Order operated from Rhodes, over which it was sovereign, and later from
Malta where it administered a vassal state under the Spanish viceroy of Sicily.
Today it is known as the Maltese Order.
Crusaders wore tabards (from the French tabarde) also known as surcoats
over their armour, usually emblazoned with the cross denoting the knight
fighting for the liberation of Jerusalem.
Our surcoats are very wide. We have not skimped on material.
There are slits in front and back.
- length: approx. 131 cm.
- chest circumference: approx. 130 cm.
- hole for head: approx. 68 cm (circumference).
- weight: approx. 1.1 kg.
- colour: black with white, Hospitaller cross.
- Material: 100% wool.
Lining: 100% cotton.
Care instructions: hand wash in cold water.
Shipping time: 7 to 14 Days.
This is an original ULFBERTH® product.