Leper Knights:
The Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem in England

Dr David Marcombe

23rd April 2005

St Andrew's Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton

One of the most unusal contributions to the crusading era was the idea of a leper knight - a response to the scourge of leprosy and the shortage of fighting men which beset the Latin kingdom in the twelve century.  The Order of St Lazarus, which saw the idea become a reality, founded establishments across Western Europe to provide essential support for its hospitaller and miltary vocations.

Dr David Marcombe is Director of the Centre for Local history, University of Nottingham.

This lecture followed the Annual General Meeting of the Society.

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