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Naval Functions of the Order of Saint John

Ayşe Devrim Atauz

in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031798
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031798.003.0006
Naval Functions of the Order of Saint John

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This chapter discusses the naval functions of the Order of Saint John. It was Charles V who provided Malta and the Knights with three functions in 1523: to provide an additional naval base for Spanish fleets, to defend its own territory against pirate attacks, and to resist Ottoman aggression. The Order was expected to meet these obligations by sending its navy on two to three annual cruises and joining the Christian navies when they were engaged in battle against the Muslims. The chapter also provides detailed information about how the Order performed the functions and the specific occasions on which the Order's naval forces were employed.

Keywords: naval functions; Order of Saint John; functions; naval forces; Charles V; naval base; Ottoman aggression; pirate attacks

Chapter.  12044 words. 

Subjects: Underwater Archaeology

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