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Historical Note on <i>The Siege of Malta</i>

J. H. Alexander, Judy King and Graham Tulloch

in The Siege of Malta and Bizarro

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780748624874
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624874.003.0039
Historical Note on The Siege of Malta

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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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Subjects: Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers)

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