The Sword and the Green Cross

The Saga of the Knights of Saint Lazarus from the Crusades to the 21st Century.

by Max J. Ellul



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/4/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 396
ISBN : 9781456714215
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 396
ISBN : 9781456714208
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 396
ISBN : 9781456714192

About the Book

tumultuous events surrounding the First Crusade and the ensuing centuries of struggle for the conquest of the Holy Land has reverberated throughout the centuries and affected our collective psyche to this date. ‘The Sword and the Green Cross’ offers a minutely researched analysis of the creation of one of the monastic and military Orders of the period: the Knights of Saint Lazarus.

Devoid of the chequered popularity of their contemporary Knights Templar or the Knights of Saint John, the Knights of Saint Lazarus, with their green cross and invariable care of lepers and other afflicted pilgrims, nobles, knights and peasantry, offer the reader a fascinating history of diplomacy, military exploits, survival instinct and a legacy which has permeated throughout time. The book explores the Order’s birth in the Outremer, its expansion and Papal sponsorship, its constant interaction with the Templars and the Hospitallers and its tremendous growth in Europe which later justified its lengthy operations on the Continent even though the Holy Land was lost to the Crusades.

The book analyses its complete change from a Papal Order to a Monarchical Order under the benign overseeing of the French Kings and dwells at length on the immediate and long term ramifications of the French Revolution and the Order’s demise.

The ‘Sword and the Green Cross’ colourfully projects the period in which the Order flourished and illustrates prominent Lazarites from throughout the centuries. It also minutely dissects the modern day revivals of Lazarite organisations worldwide and, by means of hitherto unpublished documentation, sifts through the interpolated myths of such a revival and its magnetic allure to thousands worldwide.

With a forward by best-selling author Tim Wallace Murphy, ‘The Sword and the Green Cross’ is a must read for all history buffs and those into Muslim-Christian relations and chivalry.

About the Author

Max Joseph Ellul was born in Malta, in December 1970. He specialised in marketing and business administration and is the CEO of an international management consultancy group.

An avid bookworm and researcher, Max had a number of his works and writings published in the UK and the US.

Max is also a Fellow and Companion of numerous professional institutions, including the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Max was granted the Freedom of the Company of the Worshipful Company of Marketors in the City of London and, in June 2005, granted the Freedom of the City as well. He is the only Maltese Liveryman and Marketor in the City of London to be so recognised.

Max entered the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus in the twelfth investiture of postulants held by the Grand Priory of England at the Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great in the City of London. Later, he reluctantly accepted the then Grand Chancellor’s suggestion of organising a Mediterranean Grand Priory.

In 2008, Max Joseph Ellul was nominated as the Grand Chancellor of the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, which includes the Grand Priories in 26 different, worldwide jurisdictions. He holds the rank of Knight Grand Cross of Grace of the Order and was elected as Grand Commander of Merit in the Companionate of Merit. In February 2006, the Knights in Council presented him with the coveted Gold Oak Leaf of Merit for outstanding services to the Order.

In 2004, Max published a short history of the Order of Saint Lazarus entitled ‘The Green Eight Pointed Cross’.

Max is married to Dame Commander Christabel nee Saliba DCLJ and has a son, Myron Max Milcom, and a daughter, Malaika.