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Bombs and Bastions in Malta

I’ve always had a soft spot for the military-religious orders of the Middle Ages. If I’d been around then I would have loved to have joined the Templers, Hospitallers, Teutonic Knights or one of the numerous other outfits operating at the time: given the choice, of course. 879 more words

Great Siege

Malta 2017, Preview Pictures

I went to Malta last month, here are some post preview pictures…


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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