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The Great Siege, Malta 1565


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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1 - The Sultan of the Ottomans
  • Chapter 2 - Malta of the Knights
  • Chapter 3 - Grand Master La Valette
  • Chapter 4 - Defences of the Island
  • Chapter 5 - Preparations
  • Chapter 6 - Invasion Imminent
  • Chapter 7 -The Attack Begins
  • Chapter 8 -The First Clash
  • Chapter 9 - Objective, St Elmo
  • Chapter 10 - The Janissaries
  • Chapter 11 - The Arrival of Dragut
  • Chapter 12 - 'A Volcano in Eruption ...'
  • Chapter 13 - Sentence of Death
  • Chapter 14 - St Elmo, the Eighth of June
  • Chapter 15 - Embattled Fortress
  • Chapter 16 - The Territory of the Knights
  • Chapter 17 - The Fall of St Elmo
  • Chapter 18 - Bodies in the Water
  • Chapter 19 - The Little Relief
  • Chapter 20 - The Attack on Senglea
  • Chapter 21 - Arms and the Men
  • Chapter 22 - Death in the Marsa
  • Chapter 23 - The Great Decision
  • Chapter 24 - Into the Breach
  • Chapter 25 - ' ... The World Was Coming to an End'
  • Chapter 26 - No Withdrawal
  • Chapter 27 - Dissensions in Sicily
  • Chapter 28 - The Relief
  • Chapter 29 - The Last Engagement
  • Chapter 30 - 'We Shall Never Take You'
  • Chapter 31 - The Impregnable Fortress
  • Bibliography
  • Notes
  • Glossary

About the Author

Ernle Bradford was born in 1922 and died in 1986. He was a noted British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval topics. Bradford was an enthusiastic sailor himself and spent almost thirty years sailing the Mediterranean, where many of his books are set. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, finishing as the first lieutenant of a destroyer. Bradford lived in Malta for a number of years. He did occasional broadcast work for the BBC, was a magazine editor, and wrote many books, including Hannibal, Paul the Traveller, Julius Caesar: The Pursuit of Power, Christopher Columbus, and The Mighty Hood.

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