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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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Naval Functions of the Order of Saint John

Naval Functions of the Order of Saint John

(p.140) 5 Naval Functions of the Order of Saint John
Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

Ayşe Devrim Atauz

University Press of Florida

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

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