The Siege of Malta, 1565: Translated from the Spanish edition of 1568

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This is the history of one of the great battles of the world, written by a private soldier who was an eye-witness. The siege of Malta was a crucial moment in the long struggle between Islam and Christendom for domination of the Mediterranean, fought out by unequal forces on the small island which commands the sea-routes at the centre of that sea. The Knights of St John were a survival from the medieval world, the largest of the surviving crusading orders, and they had been driven out of their base on Rhodes in ...
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Overview

This is the history of one of the great battles of the world, written by a private soldier who was an eye-witness. The siege of Malta was a crucial moment in the long struggle between Islam and Christendom for domination of the Mediterranean, fought out by unequal forces on the small island which commands the sea-routes at the centre of that sea. The Knights of St John were a survival from the medieval world, the largest of the surviving crusading orders, and they had been driven out of their base on Rhodes in the eastern Mediterranean after a great onslaught by the Turks in 1522. Now, forty-three years later, the Turkish ruler, Suleyman the Magnificent, who had been the victor at Rhodes, was determined to finish them off. He sent out a huge armada, carrying the pick of his army, under two commanders. Against this powerful force, the Knights could only raise a handful of men and mercenaries, and had to depend on the fortifications they had raised in the thirty-five years since they first came to Malta, which bore no comparison to the massive walls and ditches on Rhodes. Francisco Balbi di Correggio was a humble soldier of fortune who enlisted under the charismatic command of the Grand Master of the Order, Jean de la Valette. The extraordinary drama that unfolded after the first appearance of the Turkish fleet in the summer of 1565 is told in his own words, giving equal credit to the courage and leadership of the Knights and the grim determination of the ordinary people of Malta.
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This is a carefully-presented, well-translated and well-edited book, with an excellent commentary to accompany the original source documents. (...) Thanks are due to Boydell Press for making this serious academic publication available. BRITISH BULLETIN OF PUBLICATIONSWill serve as a useful primary source for undergraduates and as well as for scholars. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNALAn extremely welcome reprint...of a seminal work on the subject and the prime reference source for all those who have written about the 1565 siege. An extremely readable account. CASEMATE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843831402
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/19/2008
  • Series: First Person Singular
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
The Author to Reader 25
I The Sultan Suleiman prepares his expedition against the island of Malta 27
II Grand Master La Valette looks to the defence of the Island 38
III The Turkish armada reaches Malta and their forces are landed on the Island 45
IV The enemy lay siege to St Elmo and Dragut joins the Turkish fleet 55
V Despite continual bombardments St Elmo continues to hold out 68
VI A general assault is beaten off and Dragut is killed 81
VII St Elmo is stormed but the first relief force is landed 90
VIII Mustapha plans to attack St Michael from the sea and Don Francisco de Sanoguera is killed 105
IX The never-ending bombardment of St Michael continues and there is no sign of further relief 119
X Further attacks are beaten off but a Spanish soldier deserts 132
XI The bravery of the Grand Master. Our cavalry attack the Turkish base camp 143
XII Further attacks are made on St Michael and Castile but news is received that a relief force is on its way 151
XIII Although the Turkish attacks continue our relief force reaches the Island 164
XIV The Turkish forces are routed and the island of Malta is again free 179
Glossary 191
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