Order of Mountjoy

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Order of Mountjoy
Orden de Monte Gaudio
Cross of order of mountjoy.svg
The order emblem
TypeCatholic military order
Religious affiliationCatholic

The Order of Mountjoy (Spanish: Orden de Monte Gaudio, also known as the Order of Trufac[citation needed]) was a military order during the crusades.

The order of Montjoie is mentioned in the 13th century as having been founded for the purpose of protecting Christian pilgrims in Iberian Peninsula.[citation needed] Established c. 1180, it was merged with the Order of Calatrava in 1221.[citation needed]

The order was founded by Galician count Rodrigo Álvarez in the kingdom of Aragon, specifically in the castle of Alfambra in 1174,[citation needed] and then established in the Holy Land at the time of the Third Crusade.[dubious ] [1]

Rodrigo was from the order of Santiago, and had already established the order in Castile and Aragon before establishing it in the kingdom of Jerusalem in the tower of Ascalon. The headquarters of the order in Jerusalem was situated on Montjoie, the hill where the original crusaders had first seen Jerusalem, hence its name ("mountain of joy", mons gaudii in Latin, Mont de joie in French, contracted in Montjoie[dubious ]).[citation needed]

The rule of the order was adapted from the Cistercian rule, and was entirely a Spanish[citation needed] order. The emblem of the order was a red and white cross.[citation needed]

A number of knights from the order fought at the Battle of Hattin in 1187, but none of them survived.[citation needed] Discontentment with the leadership of the master Fralmo in 1196 led to the establishment of a new Order of Monfragüe in Castile while the Aragonese element of the order was merged with Templars. In 1221 Ferdinand III of Castile joined the order of Monfragüe to the Order of Calatrava. The Order of Montesa, established 1317, was inspired partly by the suggestion to re-establish Montjoie after the suppression of the Templars.


  • Blázquez, A. (1917). "Bosquejo histórico de la Orden de Monte Gaudio". Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 71:138–72.
  • Canal Sánchez-Pagín, José María (1983). "El conde don Rodrigo Álvarez de Sarria, fundador de la orden militar de Monte Gaudio". Compostellanum, 28:373–97.
  • Delaville Le Roulx, J. (1893). "L'Ordre de Monjoye". Revue de l'Orient Latin, 1:42–57.
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  • O'Callaghan, Joseph F. (1969). "Hermandades between the Military Orders of Calatrava and Santiago during the Castilian Reconquest, 1158–1252". Speculum, 44(4):609–18.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "a society of gentlemen, who devoted themselves to the protection of Monte Gioia, or Mont Joie [...] According to some writers, the badge was a red cross, like that of the Knights Templars; others, that it was a red star of five points placed on a white mantle; but Palliott is positive that it was a white cross of five rays, and that their mantle was red." William Berry, Encyclopædia Heraldica: Or, Complete Dictionary of Heraldry (1828).