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ROGER DE MOULINS was Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller
Knights Hospitaller
from 1177 to his death in 1187, succeeding Jobert of Syria .

The Hospitallers were rivals of the Knights Templar
Knights Templar
, but Pope Alexander III persuaded Roger to make a truce with them in 1179. In 1184 he toured Europe with Arnold of Torroja , the Grand Master of the Templars , and Heraclius , the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
, and established the Hospitaller Order in England, France and Germany. On his way back he helped the Normans
Normans
attack Thessalonica
Thessalonica
in 1185.

During his time as Grand Master the Hospitallers became more involved in the politics of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
Kingdom of Jerusalem
. Roger opposed Raynald of Châtillon and Guy of Lusignan
Guy of Lusignan
, and at first refused to hand over his key to the royal treasury when Guy was crowned King of Jerusalem in 1186. He took part in the raid against Saladin
Saladin
at Cresson near Nazareth
Nazareth
on 1 May 1187, where he was killed by a lance-wound to the chest.

Roger was succeeded by William Borrel , who served as custodian of the Hospitallers for a brief time in 1187, and then by Armengol de Aspa, who served as provisor (custodian) until 1190. A new Grand Master was not chosen until Garnier of Nablus was elected in 1190 during the Third Crusade
Third Crusade
.

SOURCES

* Edbury, Peter W. (ed.) The Conquest of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade, 1998, ISBN 1-84014-676-1 * Nicholson, Helen J. (ed.) The Chronicle of the Third Crusade: The Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi, 1997, ISBN 0-7546-0581-7 * Nicholson, Helen J. The Knights Hospitaller, 2001, ISBN 1-84383-038-8 * Runciman, Steven . A History of the Crusades, 1951–54, vol. 2. * Stevenson, J (ed.) "De expugnatione terrae sanctae per Saladinum libellus" in Radulphi de Coggeshall Chronicon Anglicanum, 1875.

Preceded by Jobert of Syria GRAND MASTER OF THE KNIGHTS HOSPITALLER 1177–1187 Succeeded by Armengo

.