Its members were called Brothers and Knights, and its officials Commanders.
In 1309 it was conquered by the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem at the instigation of the pope and the Genoese, and converted into a great fortress for the protection of the southern seas against the Turks.
You know, Count, such knights as you are only found in Madame de Souza's novels.
The most important orders were the Ku Klux Klan and the Knights of the White Camelia.
The scene of the third act represented a palace in which many candles were burning and pictures of knights with short beards hung on the walls.