Teutonic Knights Of The Hospital Of The Blessed Virgin

   This military-religious order of knights allowed only Germans to join. They started out as part of the Hospitallers, but split off under Hermann von Salza. Their symbol was a white cloak with a black cross on the left shoulder. When Acre fell in 1291 AD, they went to Venice and were commissioned by Emperor Frederick II to convert the heathens in Prussia, Lithuania and Estonia. The order made their headquarters in Marienburg from 1309 AD to 1509 AD, and were very successful. Also called Teutonic Knights. See Knights Templar, Hospitallers and Knight.

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