Giovanni Battista Vertova

Diplomacy, Warfare and Military Engineering Practice in Early Seventeenth Century Malta


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’Giovanni Battista Vertova’ offers some fresh ideas concerning the study of the remarkable fortifications that protected Baroque Malta from Turkish occupation. Its text and illustrations focus on the illustrious career of count Giovanni Battista Vertova (1592-1647), a prominent yet forgotten mathematician and military engineer from Bergamo who was active within the ranks of the Knights Hospitaller of St John the Baptist during the first half of the 17th century. As director of the Valletta fortifications, Giovanni Battista was responsible for important decisions which were intended to improve the defences of Valletta at a crucial time of change when military theory in Europe was shifting its attention from the bastioned wall of the Renaissance to elaborate outworks introducing the concept of the new Baroque city.

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Weight 600.0000 g
Dimensions 29.7 × 21 cm
Pages 108
ISBN 99909-93-76-9
Year of publication
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