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 2 opens in 1522 with the surrender of Rhodes, followed by the order's eventual relocation to Malta, which the Ottomans besieged without success in 1565. 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: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108066235
- length: 540 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 31 mm
- weight: 0.68kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 map
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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
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