Elena Bellomo, Ph.D. (2001) in Medieval History, Università Cattolica-Milano, is currently teaching at Rutgers University. Her publications focus on the Crusades, the Military Orders and Medieval Genoa including A servizio di Dio e del Santo Sepolcro. Caffaro e l’Oriente latino (Padua, 2003).
All those interested in the Military Orders and the Crusades, Medieval history, Italian history, and Church history.
'... no serious scholar of the Templars can afford to be without it, and Bellomo has proven her right to be considered among the best of those scholars".
Paul F. Crawford. Review of Bellomo, Elena, The Templar Order in North-West Italy (1142-c.1330). H-German, H-Net Reviews. May, 2011.
"Ein grosses Desideratum der Templerforschung stellen Monographien über Kommenden in einzelnen Regionen dar... liegt ein Werk vor, das als Muster für andere Regionen nicht nur Italiens gelten darf".
K.B., Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters, 65,1 (2009), 331-2
"...I Templari «lombardi» della Bellomo costituiscono uno dei tasselli di un vasto mosaico italiano,europeo e mediterraneo e offrono una buona occasione per migliorare le conoscenze sia sulla storia che sul territorio."
Kristjan Toomaspoeg, Rivista di Storia della Chiesa, LXIII/2 (2009)
"...Yet at the same time, particularly in the last twenty years, scholars have been engaged in the extremely important work of reconstructing the history of the order of the Templars under rigorous scientific standards. A valuable addition is Elena Bellomo's Templar Order in North-West Italy (1142-c.1330)...The author's archival work is remarkable and one of the book's strongest assests; she skilfully brings to light numerous unpublished documents by means of which she uncovers unknown facets of the history of the order in the region... To conclude, Elena Bellomo's book breaks new ground in the study of the order of the Termplars in Italy and in history in general."
Judith Bronstein (University of Haifa), Speculum 84/3 (2009), pp. 671-672
"...This extraordinary monograph is the fruit of the author's doctoral research and thesis completed at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, and later at the University of Padua... Her bibliography runs to almost forty pages, and is in itself, a marvellous resource to virtually all primary and secondary sources on the Order of the Militia of the Temple in north-west Italy, and to a large degree, on Italian Templars throughout Italy... This monumental work on the Templars in north-west Italy is by far the most useful, well researched, and complete book on the topic. Every serious library and every scholar interested in the Military Orders in Italy at this time must obtain access to this work. One may only hope that the author or others will provide equally detailed studies of the Order of the Knighthood of the Temple in other parts of Italy."
Anne Gilmour-Bryson (University of Melbourne), Crusades 8 (2009) pp. 213-214
Table of contents
Map of the Templar houses in north-west Italy (1142-1310)
The Temple in North-West Italy: a General Picture
I. The Templar Order in North-west Italy (twelfth-thirteenth centuries)
1. The first Templar houses (1142-1160)
2. The consolidation of the Templar presence up to the end of the twelfth century 26
3. Templar houses in the thirteenth century
4. Between papacy and secular powers: where the Lombard Templars stood
5. A look at the East: the maritime activities of the Temple and the Ligurian houses
II. Settlement strategies and types of houses
1. The Templar houses
2. The road network and the location of the Templar houses
3. Charitable and hospital activities
4. General orientations in management of wealth and possessions
III. Hierarchical organisation
1. The Templar provinces of Italy and Lombardy
2. The Masters of Italy and Lombardy: chronology and prosopographical notes
3. Provincial masters’ delegates active in North-west Italy
4. Local preceptors and provincial chapters
5. The brethren
6. The Templar familiares
IV. Taking root in local society: Recruiting the nobility and relations with ecclesiastical and communal institutions
1. Relations with the nobility
2. Relations with church institutions
3. Cooperation and conflict with communes
V. From the early fourteenth century to the end of the Order
1. The eve of the trial
2. The trial in North-west Italy
3. Depositions of Templars from north-west Italy tried in the rest of Italy, France and Cyprus
4. The Templars after the end of the Order
5. The transfer of the Templar possessions to the Hospital
Conclusion: The Temple in North-west Italy: local reality and Mediterranean vocation
Part II: The Templar Houses in North-West Italy
Templar houses known to have existed
I. List of houses that definitely existed (ordered by date of attestation)
II. Prosopographical Catalogue 1:
Templar masters of Lombardy and Italy (in chronological order)
III. Prosopographical Catalogue 2: Templar brethren and lay associates (in alphabetical order)
1. Templar brethren attested to or originating from North West Italy
2. Lay associates
3. Templar brethren and lay associates whose existence or origin from North-west Italy is uncertain or whose membership in the Temple or actual status is unspecified