• The Donors

    Stephen Mossman and Abi Cornick discuss why lay women and men made donations – of money, of land, and sometimes of themselves – to the Order of St John. How far can we know what was in the minds of individuals in the far distant past? What can a cache of ancient documents in the Museum’s collection tell us about the lives of French farmers and their relationship to the Order nearly eight hundred years ago?

    We would love to hear from our listeners! We will be recording a special podcast at the end of the series to answer your questions. If you want to ask anything about the history of the Order, the books themselves, the Museum or anything else – or you have any other feedback for us – then please write to us at museum@sja.org.uk. We’ll do our best to answer!

    E5 - 23m - Jun 10, 2024
  • Centre and Periphery

    Stephen Mossman and Abi Cornick discuss the problems of achieving uniformity in behaviour and in ways of life in an international organization before the advent of modern communication – a problem especially acute for the Order of St John, with its institutional centre out on the Mediterranean margins, far distant from the European centres of power on which it relied. How did printing change that dynamic, not always in the ‘right’ direction?

    We would love to hear from our listeners! We will be recording a special podcast at the end of the series to answer your questions. If you want to ask anything about the history of the Order, the books themselves, the Museum or anything else – or you have any other feedback for us – then please write to us at museum@sja.org.uk. We’ll do our best to answer!

    E4 - 28m - Jun 3, 2024
  • Pilgrimage

    Stephen Mossman and Anna Mason discuss one of the most extraordinary works from the first generation of European printing: the account of the pilgrimage to the Holy Land undertaken by two Germans, the writer Bernhard von Breydenbach and the artist Erhard Reuwich, in 1483-84. But what was pilgrimage in the medieval Christian imagination actually for, and why did Hospitaller Rhodes come to play such an important part in it?

    We would love to hear from our listeners! We will be recording a special podcast at the end of the series to answer your questions. If you want to ask anything about the history of the Order, the books themselves, the Museum or anything else – or you have any other feedback for us – then please write to us at museum@sja.org.uk. We’ll do our best to answer!

    E3 - 32m - May 27, 2024
  • The Indulgence

    Stephen Mossman and Hannah Agass discuss the indulgence and its importance for the Order of St John in the late Middle Ages – but what actually was an indulgence? Why were indulgences so highly prized, and yet so controversial? How did the Hospitallers transform the indulgence to make the Ottoman attack on Rhodes in 1480 into the first great mass media event of the print age?

    We would love to hear from our listeners! We will be recording a special podcast at the end of the series to answer your questions. If you want to ask anything about the history of the Order, the books themselves, the Museum or anything else – or you have any other feedback for us – then please write to us at museum@sja.org.uk. We’ll do our best to answer!

    E2 - 29m - May 20, 2024
  • Off the Shelves

    Stephen Mossman and Abi Cornick discuss the history of the Order of St John from its origins in twelfth-century Jerusalem to the modern St John Ambulance, and the genesis of its Museum and historic library in St John’s Gate. Why was a religious order that had been suppressed in the British Isles during the Reformation reinvented in the Victorian era? What had happened to its old priory in London, and how was it rediscovered for the Museum?

    We would love to hear from our listeners! We will be recording a special podcast at the end of the series to answer your questions. If you want to ask anything about the history of the Order, the books themselves, the Museum or anything else – or you have any other feedback for us – then please write to us at museum@sja.org.uk. We’ll do our best to answer!

    E1 - 23m - May 13, 2024
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Off the Shelves at St John's Gate
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