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Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime HistoryTrade, Piracy, and Naval Warfare in the Central Mediterranean$
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Ayşe Devrim Atauz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031798

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031798.001.0001

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The Order of Saint John in Malta

The Order of Saint John in Malta

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(p.73) 3 The Order of Saint John in Malta
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Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History
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Ayşe Devrim Atauz

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813031798.003.0004

This chapter discusses the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, which arrived and was founded in Malta in the eleventh century. It was initially meant to be a hospice for the care of pilgrims in Jerusalem, but became a religious and Hospitaller brotherhood before becoming a military order integrating the monastic and military ways of life. The discussion emphasizes that the Order of Saint John had two major functions: to provide hospital services to those in need and to fight the forces of Islam.

Keywords:   Order of Saint John, Malta, hospice, military order, brotherhood, hospital services, Islam, monastic, military

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