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The Great Siege of Malta
The Epic Battle between the Ottoman Empire and the Knights of St. John
Bruce Ware Allen

University Press of New England



Contents

List of Illustrations
• Introduction
• PART ONE: CORSAIRS AND RULERS
• The Siege of Rhodes, 1521
• The Road to Malta, 1522–1530
• In Service to the Empire, 1531–1540
• War at Sea, 1541–1550
• Djerba, 1551–1560
• An Almost-Peaceful Interim, 1561–1564
• Dark Clouds in the East, 1565
• PART TWO: OBJECTIVE: ST. ELMO
• First Blood
• Sizing Up the Enemy
• Preparations for a Siege
• A Fatal Oversight
• Thrust and Parry
• Fresh Resolve
• Bullets Wrapped in Smoke and Fire
• A Plea to God
• The End of the Battle
• PART THREE: HONOR BOUGHT WITH BLOOD
Piccolo Soccorso
• Relief into Birgu
Bravi d’Algieri
• Endurance
• Onslaught of the Ottomans
• Two Gentlemen of Perugia
• PART FOUR: A LINE DRAWN IN WATER
• The
Gran Soccorso at Sea
• Mustapha’s Last Hazard
• The
Gran Soccorso at War
• From the Ashes
• Verdict
• The Survivors
• A Note on the Sources and Acknowledgments
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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