Robert Thake holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Malta and is currently reading for a Doctor of Laws degree at the same university as well as a Masters of Laws degree with the University of London. He has conducted research in connection with book history in libraries and archives in Malta, France, Italy and England and has published several papers on the subject in local journals. In 2011 he published a paper entitled: A largely unexplored account of the Great Siege in which he set forth conclusive evidence as to the authorship of one of the earliest accounts of the Great Siege. The author is also an avid collector of Melitensia. His main areas of interest are Melitensia, Malta in the eighteenth century, prohibited literature, anonymous publications and book history.