Three buildings from which authority has emerged to rule the islands of Malta survive today still dressed in their state paraphernalia. They are the Magisterial Palace of the Knights of Malta in Valletta, the Palace of Sant’ Antonio in Casal Attard and the Castello of Verdala in the Boschetto lying within the western limits of Rabat.
When dealing with these three principal palaces which are still active in their original roles today, the book delves into as much detail as possible. It does not attempt to reassess the architectural importance of the buildings, nor does it take on the task of becoming an inventory of the contents. There is less in the text about architecture (this is copiously illustrated) and more about people who occupied the premises.
The author has been fortunate in finding previously unpublished manuscripts which will focus new light on Malta’s past rulers and their flamboyant lifestyle within their
idyllic and idealised abodes. He has looked at the palace inhabitants both meek and humble as well as those notable and superior: from servant or slave to sovereign Grand Master; from gardener to Governor, and from Palace guide to President of the Republic.
|THE SOVEREIGN PALACES OF MALTA
|Nicholas De Piro
|27.9 cm height x 33 cm width x 3.6cm depth
|Number of Pages