Malta Historical Society Lecture being held about Fort Tigné

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Malta Historical Society Lecture being held about Fort TignéFort Tigné was the last major work of military architecture erected by the Knights of the Order of St John in the Maltese islands. It is also one of the most interesting and innovative works of fortification ever built by the knights in Malta.

It was designed by the last of the Order’s military engineers, the Frenchman Antoine Etienne de Tousard in 1792-93 and its design was heavily influenced by Lemichaud D’Arçon’s lunettes and by some of Montalembert’s ideas on the concentration of fire-power and protective casemates, as well as his concept of perpendicular fortifications.

As part of the Malta Historical Society Lecture Series 2013 Dr . Stephen C Spiteri will be giving a talk on Fort Tigné.

Dr . Stephen C Spiteri’s talk examines how Tousard went on to masterfully adapt and improve the borrowed ideas to suit both the local conditions and the tactical requirements of the site, creating in the process what can safely be regarded as one of the first truly polygonal forts – an embryonic precursor of the type of fortress design that would come to dominate the military architecture of the nineteenth century.

Dr Stephen C Spiteri Dipl. (Int. Des.) RI, B.A. (Hons), Ph.D, was born in Malta, 15 September 1963. Educated at St Aloysius College, B’Kara and later at the University of Malta. He is the author of a number of books and studies on the military history and fortifications of Malta and of the Knights of the Order of St John.

He is a founding member of the Sacra Militia Foundation for the Study of Hospitaller Military and Naval History and editor of ARX, an on line  journal on fortifications featured on www.militaryarchitecture.com.

Dr Spiteri works in heritage conservation and lectures at the International Institute of Baroque Studies, University of Malta.

The talk, which will be delivered in English, will take place on Tuesday 15th January, 6.00pm Casino Maltese, Valletta. For further information please see www.maltahistory.eu or email on mhs@melita.com.

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