Teutonic Order(redirected from House of the Hospitallers of Saint Mary of the Teutons)
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An order of German knights, priests, and lay brothers founded in the late 1100s that sought to expand Christendom through missions and conquest and built numerous towns which it then governed as nobility. After being defeated by Poles and Lithuanians at the battle of Grunwald (1410), its strength waned, and today it survives as a charitable clerical organization.
(Historical Terms) a military and religious order of German knights, priests, and serving brothers founded about 1190 during the Third Crusade, later conquering large parts of the Baltic provinces and Russia. Also called: Teutonic Knights