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A History of the Knights of Malta

A History of the Knights of Malta
Or, The Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - European History

  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108066242

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  • At the close of the Napoleonic Wars, Malta officially became part of the British Empire in 1814. As the British presence there increased, so too did public interest in the island's history, particularly the military religious order of the Knights Hospitaller. In 1858, the army officer Whitworth Porter (1827–92) published this two-volume work, tracing the fortunes of the order since its establishment following the First Crusade. Incorporating details of the knights' social habits and customs into his narrative, Porter also provides supplementary material such as royal and papal documents in translation. Volume 1 focuses on the centuries of warfare between the order and the forces of Islam, from its beginnings in the Holy Land through to the second siege of Rhodes in 1522. Volume 2 relates the surrender of Rhodes and the order's eventual relocation to Malta. The coverage extends to the blockade of Valletta, then under French control, at the end of the eighteenth century.

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    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108066242
    • length: 1086 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 152 x 61 mm
    • weight: 1.27kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Origin of chivalry
    2. Regulations for the establishment of the new order
    3. Date of the establishment of the order
    4. Expedition into Egypt
    5. Establishment of the hospital at Margat
    6. Reoccupation of Jerusalem by the Christians
    7. Establishment of the order in Cyprus
    8. Villaret establishes his order at Rhodes
    9. The three divisions of the order
    10. Election of Philibert de Naillac
    11. The family of D'Aubusson
    12. Restoration of the fortifications of Rhodes
    13. Election of Almeric Amboise
    14. The second siege of Rhodes
    Appendices 1-15. Volume 2:
    15. Surrender of Rhodes and departure of the order for Candia
    16. Election of Peter Dupont
    17. The siege of Malta
    18. Conclusion of the siege of Malta
    19. Return of the Turkish army to Constantinople
    20. Political position of the Grand Master
    21. The career of a knight
    22. The order in England
    23. Alof de Vignacourt
    24. Gregory Caraffa
    25. The French Revolution
    Appendices 16-24

  • Author

    Whitworth Porter

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