The second volume of ‘Legacy of an Order in Malta’ covers the years 1681 to 1798, and the islands, still ruled by the Order of St John, have seen great changes. People are pouring into the new homeland and the population
grows, doubling and trebling and more. This was encouraging and invigorating, and, in a sense, the Order now really belonged to Malta.
The magnificent buildings are evidence of the success of the relationship between the Hospitallers and the people. Under Perellos, de Vilhena and Pinto the embellishments created remain, to this day, some of the finest artistic attractions preserved for posterity.
Although this volume presents a general cross-section of secular buildings erected throughout Malta from c.1680 to the end of the Order of St John’s rule in 1798, it must be pointed out that changes and modifications to these buildings went on well beyond the end of the 18th century, right up to the 20th in some cases. These have been recorded in the relevant descriptions of the book, including references to damages resulting from aerial attacks during the Second World War, to try and present a comprehensive picture of their development over the years.
Both volumes include a foreword by HMEH Frà Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta and dedicated the memory of his predecessor Frà Andrew Bertie.
ELEGANT LARGE SIZE VOLUME, HARDBOUND WITH LAMINATED JACKET AND HAND-MADE SLIPCASE.
TEXT IN ENGLISH – PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2008
|Title||LEGACY OF AN ORDER 360º Volume 2|
|Author||Joseph F. Grima|
|Dimensions||34.6cm height x 32.2 cm width x 3cm depth|
|Number of Pages||136 pages|