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After centuries of exotic provider in defence of the Christian religion in Europe and the Holy Land, the Sovereign army Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, known as of Rhodes, referred to as of Malta (the Order of Malta for brief) confronted extinction whilst in 1798 the Maltese islands have been surrendered to Napoleonic France and the Knights of Malta expelled from their territory. because the Order departed into exile, the heroic days of Lepanto and the defeat of the Ottoman Empire appeared perpetually lost.

H. J. A. Sire provides an unflinching account of the Order's hardships and loss - during which its very lifestyles used to be threatened as a lot through inner dissensions and private goals as via the vicissitudes of fortune and the lengthy, sufferer technique of restoration which observed the Order open its club extra extensively and go back to its founding vocation of take care of Christian pilgrims. Now over 9 hundred years previous, the Order boasts a colourful, transforming into club and a proud checklist of charitable works around the world.

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