The Sword and the Boudoir

Amorous deeds and misdeeds of the Knights of Malta


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The knights of the Order of St John did not live in a political, social, cultural, and private vacuum. As human beeings they had personal needs which sometimes clashed with their vows of celibacy taken on becoming professed members of the Order. This book does not intend to discredit this illustrious Order of St John and its members. It does not aim at sensational discoveries, nor is it just a list of salacious scandals of concubinage or ‘forbidden’ relationships. The cases dealt with in this highly researched study are presented in a wider context of contemporary social, political, religious, and cultural history in order to understand the milieu of such phenomena.

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Weight 730 g
Dimensions 23.5 × 15.5 cm
Year of publication
ISBN 9789993276937
Pages 384

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