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How did Jean Parisot de Valette, 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, die?

It seems that all those sources may preserve elements of how Jean Parisot de La Valette died. In his 1864 history, The Knights of Malta, Whitworth Porter described La Valette's death as follows: ...
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Was the Maltese Falcon a real historical artifact?

While the "Maltese Falcon" itself is fictional the object might have been inspired by a real one - albeit one without the exciting Knights Templar and Pirates(!) backstory. The "Kniphausen Hawk" is a ...
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Was the Maltese Falcon a real historical artifact?

These are facts, historical facts, not schoolbook history, not Mr. Wells's history, but history nevertheless. ... I believe what this is saying is that the following information isn't written down in ...
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Is (or was) there a version of the Maltese Cross with the right arrowhead missing? Does it have a name?

This order is quite old and previously called Hospitaller. The earlier designs were much simpler crosses and not really "arrow-like". The design is quite varied over the medieval period and ranged ...
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Why so many early temples on Malta?

Here are some reasons that might have contributed: Malta is basically a limestone archipelago, with an abundance of Globigerina limestone that is particularly easy to process and use in ...
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How did Jean Parisot de Valette, 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, die?

Jean Parisot de La Valette developed a severe fever the day after he had been out hunting in extremely hot weather and never fully recovered. Valette, who was 73 at the time of his death, was also ...
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How did Jean Parisot de Valette, 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, die?

The perceived discrepancies in question are not necessarily all too contradictory. Most accounts repeated elsewhere of this are very short and just leave out specifics. Further, earlier understandings ...
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Where is or was the place called Apapis?

In Mario Cassar, The surnames of the Maltese Islands: an etymological dictionary (2003): APAP (1) Greek — nickname (?); < Gk. Apapis [De Soldanis], < apapy, a dandelion-like weed; of ...
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When did Comino become depopulated?

I know this question is very old but I thought it deserved an answer because the speculation is quite inaccurate. Comino was inhabited up till very recently, probably up till the early 1990s. People ...
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Was there a Spanish plan to retake Malta, had the siege of 1565 been succesful?

It seems based on the text from Helen Vella Bonavita book Key to Christendom and George Cassar, a professor in Malta, book Defending a Mediterranean island that the Spanish were not necessarily ...
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