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COMMANDERY (through the Fr. commander...

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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 765 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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COMMANDERY (through the Fr. commanderie, from med. Lat. commendaria, a trust or charge), a division of the landed property in Europe of the Knights Hospitallers (see ST JOHN OF JERUSALEM). The property of the order was divided into " priorates," subdivided into " bailiwicks," which in turn were divided into " commanderies "; these were placed in charge of a " commendator " or commander. The word is also applied to the emoluments granted to a commander of a military order of knights.
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