Stock Photo: A Teutonic knight, and a knight of Malta in costume for the taking of vows.. . The Teutonic Knights were a medieval military order modelled on the Hospitallers of St. John. It had a nomadic history: from Acre, its cradle in Palestine (1190-1309); Marienburg, Prussia, the center of its temporal domination as a military principality (1309-1525); Mergentheim in Franconia (1524-1805); and finally, Vienna, Austria, where it survives as a purely hospital order.. . The Order of Malta grew out of the Kn