The quartered flag of the Order, with a traditional white cross on a red ground, looks identical to the Flag of Denmark except that the Danish flag has its interstices (white cross, red ground) to the left of center, see http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/dk.html. The cross resembles that of the Holy Roman Emperor, but the connection (see http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/dk_his.html) is supposedly unresolved. It resolves if we connect the dots to the Knights Hospitaller. See History of the Knights of St. John on Malta.
Militant orders in the ages of the crusades were clearly part of Scandinavia as elsewhere.
How the Order lived; and how the institutional rulers live now.
Read the "Rule" by which the Brothers lived: at http://blessed-gerard.org/bgt_rule.htm.
Is this so: that life by the Rule, Benedictine, Cistercian, St. John Hospitaller, developed by a form of brainwash stress and intolerance of autonomous behavior, rather than following the choice method of JC. Think about it. JC never forced people, enforced punishments. Tried overturning moneychangers' tables once, but that obviously didn't work, and the occupation was even absorbed by the "Rules." History. Love it.
- Poverty, chastity, obedience, prejudice for the patriarchy, humility, associating in travels with those the Master designates, holy conduct, but watch out for women. Guard your modesty! (oh, Temptresses all, to be reduced to lesser status in order to aggrandize the Male in this dogged patriarchy) Don't let them wash your feet (oh, Jesus, how has thou offended!) or your heads or make your beds (good one!).
- Pyramid scheme: the Master gets 1/3 of all the alms collected, all goes through the Master. Religion and autonomy do not go hand in hand.
- Clothing? No fur (good!) and no bright colors (lest the Temptresses be inflamed?).
- Bread, water, no meat on Wednesdays or Saturdays.
- Morals. If a Brother fornicates, he shall be severely beaten and flogged, hard rods or leather flongs, in sight of the others in the community.
- No quarreling, no striking each other, penalties prescribed; eat in silence and no talking when in bed.
- The receiving of the sick man raises an issue: were any sick women received. Doubtful? No. Babies were born at the Hospital, and sick men and women were received, see http://blessed-gerard.org/bgt_moul.htm.
Treatments, supplies, clothing, all given as prescribed. The equivalent of basic healthcare for all.
The island of Malta was rented out by the Holy Roman Emperor to the Brotherhood, the Knights of St. John who had settled there in 1530. The rent was two falcons a year, see Financial Times article April 8, 2012 at http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/aa49a58e-78d6-11e1-9f49-00144feab49a.html#axzz1u5iRMMOh
At the orderstjohn site, scroll down to the photo of the round church and the columns there. Is that the "round church" pattern that is seen in Denmark and elsewhere, suggesting the militant Orders?
An Order of St. John in Denmark was instituted in modern times, see Den Danske Malteseorden, http://www.orderstjohn.org/selfstyle/ddm.htm, but without reference to medieval orders.