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Knights of Malta, 1523-1798   By: (1895-1981)

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In Knights of Malta, 1523-1798, author R. Cohen presents an immersive and comprehensive account of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as the Knights Hospitaller, during their impressive and eventful presence on the island of Malta from 1523 to 1798.

Cohen's extensive research is evident throughout the book, as he intricately examines the various aspects of the knights' history on Malta. From their initial arrival on the island after their expulsion from Rhodes, to their establishment of a new headquarters and fortifications – including the magnificent city of Valletta – and their ultimate downfall, Cohen leaves no stone unturned in his exploration of this fascinating period.

One of the standout features of this book is Cohen's ability to vividly depict the environment and atmosphere of Malta during this era. He seamlessly transports readers back in time, effectively conveying the grandeur and hardships faced by the knights as they defended Malta against various enemies. The author's attention to detail is commendable, painting a picture of the island's unique geography, the challenges the knights encountered, and the daily lives of those who called Malta home during this period.

Furthermore, Cohen successfully intertwines the broader historical context, such as the ongoing conflicts between Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire, with the knights' experiences on Malta. This approach not only provides a deeper understanding of the knights' role within the larger geopolitical landscape, but also highlights their significant contributions to regional defense and the preservation of Christianity in the face of adversity.

The book is not solely focused on military and political aspects, as Cohen delves into the daily lives, traditions, and internal dynamics of the Order as well. He sheds light on the intricate hierarchical structure of the knights, their charitable endeavors, and the evolving relationships with the local Maltese population. By examining these different facets, Cohen presents a well-rounded portrayal of the Order and its complex existence on Malta.

While the book covers a substantial time span, Cohen's writing style is engaging and accessible, making it an enjoyable read for both history enthusiasts and those less familiar with the subject matter. The narrative flows smoothly, and the content is well-organized, with each chapter building upon the previous one to create a comprehensive account.

Knights of Malta, 1523-1798 is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of the Knights Hospitaller and their pivotal role in Malta. The author's extensive research, combined with his ability to vividly depict the era, creates a captivating narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. Cohesively blending military, political, and cultural aspects, this book offers a multifaceted exploration of the knights' fascinating presence on the island of Malta.

First Page:

KNIGHTS OF MALTA

1523 1798

BY R. COHEN LATE SCHOLAR OF WADHAM COLLEGE, OXFORD

1920

THE LOTHIAN PRIZE ESSAY FOR 1920 (UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD)

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

SETTLEMENT AT MALTA, 1523 1565

Departure from Rhodes Residence in Italy Settlement in Malta, 1530 Condition of the Mediterranean The corsairs Turkey Fortification of Malta Loss of English "Langue" Enterprises of the Order Solyman decides to attack Malta

CHAPTER II

THE SIEGE OF MALTA, 1565

Preparations Size of opposing forces Siege of St. Elmo Arrival of Dragut Capture of St. Elmo, June 23 Death of Dragut Siege of main fortresses Great losses on both sides Arrival of reinforcements from Sicily Turks evacuate island

CHAPTER III

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE ORDER OF ST. JOHN

Classes in the Order Langues Chapter General Councils Grand Master Bishop of Malta Finances Justice Criminal Council Court of Égard The Hospital

CHAPTER IV

THE DECLINE, 1565 1789

Decadence of Turkey Knights become anachronism Valetta built Fortifying the island Disturbances in the Order Quarrels with different Powers Treatment of the Maltese Buildings in Valetta Papal interference Naval operations Independence of the Order

CHAPTER V

THE FALL, 1789 1798

Attacks on the Order during the French Revolution French estates confiscated Poverty of the Order Tsar Paul I... Continue reading book >>




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