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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

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

Ayşe Devrim Atauz

University Press of Florida

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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