The Last of the Crusaders


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What the Press had to say:

“… it was a sorry end to this militant and chivalrous order, so long a potent force in the Mediterranean, but it was an end which, as Mr Cavaliera shows, became inevitable during the eighteenth century. The Turkish threat deelined: European nations relied more on their services lessened, so did the material vigour of the Knights melt away, leaving only internal dissentions that sapped their essential unity. The hundred years’ story of its deeline – a failure to adapt itself to a Europe that had left the middle Ages – is told in detail and with authority by Mr Cavaliero. each of the Grang Masters of the period is well described together with their sometimes pathetic attempts to play political chess on equal terms whith Pope, Emperor, King and Tsar. It is the tragic figure of Grand Master de Rohan which dominates the book. His reign began in grandeur and ended, after the French Revolution had stopped his source of wealth, in poverty. The last of the Crusaders brings this unhappy man and his ear poignantly and accurately to life.” The Times (London)

“In his study of the Knights Hospitaller of St John during the last hundred years of their occupaton of Malta, Mr Cavaliero has a slendid institution – al tale to unfold and he tells it excellently … Even in their last doldrums days, the Knights of Malta carried on ino the late modern age the principles for which Europe’s aristocracy had been created. Amateur science, after the manner that Sir William Hamilton was to make famous during his mission to naples occupied some: others preferred the lugubrious mysteries of Freemasonry (the order had its own illicit Masonic Lodge of Secrecy and Harmony, with a Constitution specially drawn up for itself by he Duke of Cumberland!). All were competent genealogist and enthousiastic tomb-raisers, perpetuating themselves munificently on the florrs and walls of St John’s Cathedral in Valletta- an Almanach de Gotha in mosaic, as Mr.Cavaliero puts it. His colourful account of ‘a worthy machine running own’ is an unusual and Sitwellian piece of historical evocation.” The Sunday Times (London)

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Weight 980.0000 g
Dimensions 22.5 × 14.5 cm
Pages 298
ISBN 99932-10-23-4
Year of publication

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