The Decline of the Order of the Hospital: Wirt Ghawdex public lecture

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The Decline of the Order of the Hospital: Wirt Ghawdex public lectureThe Decline of the Order of the Hospital – demolishing misconceptions, is the title of the next in the series of Wirt Ghawdex public lectures and will be delivered by Prof. Victor Mallia-Milanes.

This forms part of a work currently still in progress. Its purpose is to dispute two misconceptions concerning the Order of the Hospital: first, that the Hospitaller institution was in decline in the eighteenth century and, secondly, that this alleged deteriorating process explains its loss of Malta to the French in 1798.

Both are historically untenable. The talk will not touch upon the myths that have recently been created about the French for they will not survive, simply through their own intrinsic artificiality and superficiality.

Victor Mallia-Milanes is Professor of early modern history at the University of Malta, where he is a former Head of the History Department and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He has published extensively on the history of Venice, the Order of St John, and Malta in the early modern period.

His latest work is Al Servizio della Repubblica di Venezia: Le Lettere di Massimiliano Buzzaccarini Gonzaga, Commendatore di Malta, inviate alla Magistratura dei Cinque Savii alla Mercanzia 1754-1776 (Vatican City, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2014).

The lecture will be taking place on Friday, the 20th of May, starting at 6.30pm, at the Santa Cecilia Chapel, Ghajnsielem.

Wirt Ghawdex advises that the lecture is open to the general public and invites everyone to attend. The lecture will be delivered in English.

Requests for reservations can be made by emailing membership@wirtawdex.org or through the website.

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