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The Siege of Malta and Bizarro$
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Walter Scott and J. H. Alexander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624874

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624874.001.0001

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Historical Note on The Siege of Malta

Historical Note on The Siege of Malta

(p.451) Historical Note on The Siege of Malta
The Siege of Malta and Bizarro

J. H. Alexander

Judy King

Graham Tulloch

Edinburgh University Press

The Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem was founded in the eleventh century to care for sick pilgrims in the Holy Land. The Sovereign and Military Order of the Knights of Malta established themselves in the islands under Philippe Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, was headed by a Grand Master, elected for life, and consisted of a celibate brotherhood of knights, chaplains, and serving brothers. The historical element of The Siege of Malta falls into three sections. The herald's narration before Don Manuel covers a Turkish attack on Gozo of uncertain date. The main historical source for The Siege of Malta is the history of the Knights by the Abbé de Vertot. Walter Scott's fictionalising impulse continues even in the final part of his narrative, when he is following Vertot more closely.

Keywords:   Siege of Malta, Walter Scott, Abbé de Vertot, Military Order, Don Manuel, Gozo, Grand Master, Jerusalem

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