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The Great Siege: Malta 1565

I’m sitting on a rooftop terrace in Valletta, the town founded by and named after Jean Parisot de la Valette, Grand Master of the Knights of St John some 500 years ago. 1,472 more words

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Grand Master, by Gladys Mitchell (writing as Stephen Hockaby): A Review

Some Background

Detective writer Gladys Mitchell (who I may have mentioned elsewhere) also wrote under two pseudonyms during her long career. In the 1960s and early ’70s, she was also… 2,440 more words

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My Single Thread

I never imagined I would be here again. Now as I remember my first visit, I reflect on the circumstances that brought me to the United Kingdom three years ago. 1,020 more words


CFFC: Grand Master's Palace

This beautiful hall is in the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta, Malta, seat of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John, built in 1571.  It also served as the governor’s palace during British Colonial times, and now is the base for Malta’s government. 49 more words

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10 Archaeological Wonders of Malta

The Maltese Islands, floating in the deep sapphire waters of the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, are a treasure-trove of history. Over the 3 islands—Malta, Gozo, and Comino—lies a wealth of prehistoric ruins, cathedrals, palaces, catacombs, ancient temples and more to make the history buff squeal with delight. 695 more words


Malta: Knights' Treasure

FROM my restaurant terrace, I can look out over Grand Harbour towards the fortifications of Valletta. Intimidating even now, in the age of aerial assault and cruise missiles, the massive walls must have seemed impregnable when they were first built. 2,489 more words