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Ironfire: A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades
David Ball
0385336012
December 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The Ottoman Empire's vicious 1565 assault on the island fortresses of Malta, and the vigorous defense of the island by the Knights of St. John, a military religious order dedicated to preserving Christendom from the Muslims, serves as the backdrop for Ball's second historical epic (his first novel, Empires of Sand, chronicled France's efforts to expand its North African empire in the 1870s). Amid bloody land and sea battles, four protagonists struggle to survive in a world of disease, brutality and religious persecution. Nico, a young Maltese boy, is captured by Algerian corsairs in a pirate raid and taken to North Africa, where he serves as a slave to a shipbuilder. To save his life, he converts to Islam and becomes captain of one of the sultan's war galleys. Maria, Nico's sister, vows to find and rescue her...


The Maltese Cross
Dennis Castillo
0313323291
Jan 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Malta is one of the smallest nations in the world, yet has one of the longest histories of any country. The accidents of geology and geography produced an island at the center of the Mediterranean with a large harbor and ample resources for the construction of fortifications. As a result, the Maltese bore witness to many of the great conflicts in world history, from the Punic Wars, to Napoleon's conquests, to the North African and Mediterranean campaigns during World War II.

About the Author
DENNIS CASTILLO is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and the son of Maltese immigrants. He has previously published articles and presented papers on Maltese history. He is Associate Professor of Church History at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York.


Ironfire : An Epic Novel of Love and War
David Ball
0385338066
April 26, 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The Ottoman Empire's vicious 1565 assault on the island fortresses of Malta, and the vigorous defense of the island by the Knights of St. John, a military religious order dedicated to preserving Christendom from the Muslims, serves as the backdrop for Ball's second historical epic (his first novel, Empires of Sand, chronicled France's efforts to expand its North African empire in the 1870s). Amid bloody land and sea battles, four protagonists struggle to survive in a world of disease, brutality and religious persecution. Nico, a young Maltese boy, is captured by Algerian corsairs in a pirate raid and taken to North Africa, where he serves as a slave to a shipbuilder. To save his life, he converts to Islam and becomes captain of one of the sultan's war galleys. Maria, Nico's sister, vows to find and rescue her...


What to Sell on eBay and Where to Get It: The Definitive Guide to Product Sourcing for eBay and Beyond
Chris Malta
0072262788
January 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Proven strategies for selecting and acquiring the products buyers want most If you are an online seller, this book will help you identify the items you can sell most successfully online, locate reliable sources for their inventory, and work directly with suppliers to cut out middlemen and maximize profits.

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Sell them exactly what they want to buy

If you want to build a profitable--and consistent--eBay business, you need to start with strategic product sourcing. What to Sell on eBay and Where to Get It reveals the same techniques used by the most successful e-commerce entrepreneurs and by major retail chains to determine what products will sell well and which suppliers will deliver those products for the best price.

Learn to...



Treason's Harbour
Patrick O'Brian
0393308634
March 1992
Paperback
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Book Review
This segment of the Aubrey saga is set in Malta, where the captain's "small, sweet-sailing frigate" is undergoing repairs. The island, however, is swarming with Napoleonic agents, which means that Stephen Maturin must do everything in his power to avert sabotage. A typical O'Brian cocktail of action and intrigue.

From Publishers Weekly
This novel, the ninth installment of 20 in what is certainly the greatest series about the British Navy ever written--indeed, one of the most successful of its magnitude ever written in any genre--is not well served by its reader. Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre actor Pigott-Smith has an appropriately English accent, but his characters' voices lack consistency and sensitivity to the subtleties of O'Brian's pen. In this recording, the...


Great Siege: Malta 1565 (Wordsworth Military Library.)
Ernle Bradford
1840222069
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
In 1565 the Ottoman Empire was at its peak. Under their Sultan, Soleyman the Magnificent, the Turks had conquered most of Eastern Europe. The rulers of Christian Europe were at their wit's end to stem the tide of disaster.The Knights of St John, the fighting religious Order drawn from most of the nations of Christendom, had been driven from their island fortress of Rhodes forty years earlier. From their new base of Malta their galleys had been so successful in their raids on Turkish shipping that the Sultan realised that only they stood between him and total mastery of the Mediterranean. He determined to obliterate the Knights of Malta.This reconstruction of the Siege of Malta brings history vividly alive, and carries the reader through the many battles, the heroism and the hunger to the relief which came,...


Sword of Honour, Vol. 23
Alexander Kent
0935526935
April 2001
Paperback
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Philadelphia Bulletin
"Kent's writing is fresh, singular, and worthy of judgment solely on its own high merit."

Book Description
March 1814. Sir Richard returns from a wearing campaign in North American waters to take up a command in Malta. Meanwhile his nephew Adam remains behind as captain of a frigate on the American coast, as England's long war with Napoleon reaches its end.

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The Kappillan of Malta
Nicholas Monsarrat
0304358444
December 31, 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
As bombs pound Malta to dust, Father Salvatore--a simple priest, or kappillan, serving the poor--finds himself caught in the drama of World War Two. In the fragile safety of catacombs revealed by the explosions, he tends to the flood of homeless, starving, and frightened people seeking shelter, giving messages of inspiration and hope. His story, and that of the island, unfold in superbly graphic images of six days during the siege. "...one of the most memorable characters of postwar fiction"--Daily Express.


The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders
Deomond Seward
0140195017
March 1996
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Seward's 1972 title profiles military religious orders that emerged during the Crusades. This revised edition brings the information up-to-date.Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City
Thomas M. Eccardt
0781810329
October 30, 2005
Paperback
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Christopher Marlowe: Poet and Spy
Park Honan
0198186959
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When it comes to the accumulation of apocryphal legend, few poets can compete with Christopher Marlowe: Scholars have long ruminated over evidence of his activities as a "spy, unceasing blasphemer, a tough street-fighter and courageous homosexual," not to mention his murder at age 29. In this well-crafted biography, Honan (Shakespeare: A Life) sheds light on the much-speculated (and previously erroneously reported) aspects of Marlowe's life without neglecting its more ordinary features (his stable two-parent upbringing, his diligent scholarship at Cambridge) or destroying the poet's aura of intrigue. Honan engages with the work of prior scholars, but draws his own conclusions, employing Cambridge University records, unpaid bills ("he still seems to have owed for lamb chops and beer"), and "suddenly acquired"...


Fortress Malta : An Island Under Siege 1940-43
James Holland
1401351867
October 1, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
From British journalist Holland comes this superbly engaging history of Malta, the island that was bombed more heavily than any other territory during World War II. Lying in a strategic position between Sicily and Africa, Malta oversaw the shipping routes that supplied the Axis campaign in North Africa, routes that the British were determined to control. Thus, they insisted on holding the island as a base, despite a prolonged aerial bombardment that nearly destroyed the garrison and subjected the island's population to famine. Dismissing the controversy over whether Malta and the Eastern Mediterranean were really worth holding on to during the war, Holland focuses on the people who lived and fought on the island. Drawing on dairies, letters and interviews, he reconstructs the stories of RAF pilot Alex Mackie, who...


Malta
Roger Balm
0939923580
March 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
Malta presents a very lucid view of a beautiful, appealing, culturally rich, and strategically important island country that has endured against the odds - or perhaps because of them. Readers will find in Malta a land upon which the hand of man has brought about extensive alteration and, as a consequence, has created an unusually intense cultural landscape undergoing significant transformation as the "island fortress of the Mediterranean" adapts to the demands and opportunities of the modern world. Roger Balm introduces the reader first to the natural landscape of Malta, but always relates important categories of landforms, weather, water and vegetation to the human presence. Next, the major historical and cultural traditions of Malta are identified, and these are followed by a review of modern Maltese society and...


Malta
James Stafford
1422200566
December 2005
Hardcover
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Towns in Ancient Israel and in the Southern Levant (Palaestina Antiqua 10) (Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Supplement, 10)
C. H. J. De Geus
9042912693
December 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This study aims to provide readers of the Bible with some idea of what a Biblical town in the 9th-7th century BC was like from an archaeologist's point of view. Although not completely dismissing the people, social, cultural, political and economic life that determined or guided the nature and development of a given town, de Geus focuses primarily on the architectural environment. With an emphasis on description rather than explanation, this book explores the fortifications, gates, acropolis/citadels, sanctuaries and temples, tombs, fields and gardens, and town planning that made up Biblical towns such as Megiddo, Beer-sheba, Jerusalem and Hazor.


SPITFIRES OVER SICILY : The Crucial Role of the Malta Spitfires in the Battle of Sicily, January - August 1943 (Hurricanes Over Tobruk)
Brian Cull
1902304322
June 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
On July 1943, British and American amphibian and airborne forces began landing in Sicily. The plan, codenamed Operation Husky, fixed Malta as the launching site for the fighter and fighter-bomber offensive.

"Spitfires over Sicily" provides a day-by-day historical account of Malta Spitfire operations, leading up to and during the invasion, interspersed with personal accounts of some of those involved. Illustrated with up to 100 photographs including Spitfires of many of the squadrons involved, their pilots and adversaries, this account features Spitfires versus Messerschmitts and Macchis plus RAF and USAAF versus JG53 and JG77 and Italians. It also includes USAAF's 31st Fighter Group and a host of personal accounts.


The Disorderly Knights (Lymond Chronicles #3)
Dorothy Dunnett
0679777458
June 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
The third volume in The Lymond Chronicles, the highly renowned series of historical novels by Dorothy Dunnett, Disorderly Knights takes place in 1551, when Francis Crawford of Lymond is dispatched to embattled Malta, to assist the Knights of Hospitallers in defending the island against the Turks. But shortly the swordsman and scholar discovers that the greatest threat to the Knights lies within their own ranks, where various factions vie secretly for master.

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The third volume in The Lymond Chronicles, the highly renowned series of historical novels by Dorothy Dunnett, Disorderly Knights takes place in 1551, when Francis Crawford of Lymond is dispatched to embattled Malta, to assist the Knights of Hospitallers in defending the...


Knights of Malta
H J A J. A. Sire
0300068859
January 1996
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
In this handsome book, H.J.A. Sire provides the first complete history of the Order of St. John, also called the Knights of Malta, from its military and political role during the Crusades to the modernized Catholic institution that it is today. Generously illustrated, the book contains numerous examples of the Order`s enormous art and architectural legacy over nine centuries.


Malta 1565 : Last Battle of the Crusades (Praeger Illustrated Military History)
Tim Pickles
027598852X
September 30, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The epic siege of the island fortress of the Knights Hospitaller by the huge Turkish Army of the Emperor Suliman is one of the most compelling stories in the history of the western world. The Turks amassed an army of 30,000 men, which doubled as the siege dragged on. The knights facing them totalled 500, along with 4,000 Maltese levies and 4,500 other troops. Tim Pickles describes how despite constant pounding by the massive Turkish guns and heavy casualties, the Knights managed to hold out.

From the Publisher
Highly visual guides to history's greatest conflicts, detailing the command strategies, tactics, and experiences of the opposing forces throughout each campaign, and concluding with a guide to the battlefields today. --This text refers to the Paperback ...

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