Floating Magnificence: Hospitaller Rituals at Sea – Gozo public lecture

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Floating Magnificence - Hospitaller Rituals at Sea - Gozo lectureWirt Ghawdex is organising the first in a series of of its very popular lectures for the autumn – Floating Magnificence: Hospitaller Rituals at Sea, with lecturer Dr. Emanuel Buttigieg.

Over the years that the Order of St John was present in Malta, it instigated a fundamental transformation of the harbour landscape from one of barren emptiness, save for the small medieval outpost of Birgu, to a mighty fortified conurbation.

The amalgamation of the natural and the man-made landscape created an impressive 'floating stage' upon which the Order could put on shows of power and glory. The Grand Harbour was the gateway into the island order-state of the Hospitallers.

This lecture will seek to be the gateway that allows a glimpse into the magnificence of Hospitaller rituals at sea; this will include a brief look at the visit paid by Grand Master Vilhena to Gozo in 1724.

Emanuel Buttigieg is a Senior Lecturer in early modern history at the Department of History of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Malta. He is the Co-coordinator of the Faculty of Arts M.A. in Mediterranean Studies and a member of the Board of Studies of the M.A. in Hospitaller Studies.

He read for a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse) under the supervision of Dr Mary Laven. He is Vice-President ex-officio of the Malta University Historical Society and was until recently a Committee member of the Malta Historical Society.

His first book was entitled Nobility, Faith and Masculinity: The Hospitaller Knights of Malta, c.1580-c.1700 (London and New York: Continuum, 2011). He has also edited, together with Dr Simon Phillips of the University of Cyprus, Islands and Military Orders, c.1291-c.1798, (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).

The lecture will be taking place on Friday, the 16th of September, 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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