The Siege of Gozo, 1551 – A Ballad, now translated into English
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This year marks the 467th anniversary of the siege of 1551, Gozo’s greatest tragedy, when many men, women and children, a lot of them unnamed, died either during the attack, or when they were taken into slavery.
The Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, welcomed to the Ministry, Josephine Bigeni from the Xaghra Association of New South Wales and Mr John Cremona, nephew of author, Ganninu Cremona who wrote the book, ‘The Siege of Gozo, 1551 – A Ballad.’
This book, which was presented to the Minister, has now been translated into English by Professor Geoffrey Hull who is also of Maltese descent (Maltese of Egypt) from his maternal side.
The Minister congratulated the Association on the publication and said that the book will now be able to be enjoyed by a wider audience
In 1551 the Ottoman force attacked Gozo following an unsuccessful attempt to conquer Malta, resulting in around 5,000 people, who formed the majority of the population of Gozo, being taken into slavery.
The siege ended in 1551 when the Gozitans had to capitulate and open the doors in the Citadel walls because they were no longer able to defend themselves and their families.
To obtain a copy of this book please contact the Association.
Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri