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Title: An historically unaccounted for maritime heritage? Towards another interpretation of the Maltese place-name ‘L-Isla’
Other Titles: De triremibus : a festschrift in honour of Mr. Joseph Muscat
Authors: Mercieca, Simon
Keywords: Senglea (Malta) -- History
Malta -- History -- Knights of Malta, 1530-1798
Port cities -- Malta
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Publishers Enterprises Group (PEG) Ltd.
Citation: Mercieca, S. (2005). An historically unaccounted for maritime heritage? Towards another interpretation of the Maltese place-name ‘L-Isla’. In T. Cortis and T. Gambin (Eds.), De Triremibus : a Festschrift in Honour of Mr. Joseph Muscat (pp. 721-746). San Gwann: P.E.G.
Abstract: Many historians consider the arrival in Malta of the Order of St John, in 1530, as the prelude to many important reforms that gave greater economic and political stability to the island during the modern era. However, when one attempts to analyse the early years of the Knights Hospitallers in Malta between 1530-1565, one has to admit that historical documentation is indeed lacking. During this period, the history of the Order of St John in Malta relies mainly on the works of two series of archival documentation: the Libri Bullarum, that is, the decisions taken by the Hospitaller Council, and the Libri Conciliorum, or minutes of the Council of the Order, besides the occasional travellers' accounts and the third volume on the history of the Knights written by Giacomo Bosio. Bosio's is perhaps the most important of the better known sources on the history of Malta for most of the sixteenth century. The sources of information become even scarcer when one tries to analyse the island's urban framework. In recent years, however, the Notarial Archives have begun to be exploited in assessments of the urban and rural fabric existing in Malta in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, and they proved to be a rich resource. They are the subject of a number of dissertations undertaken by students of the History Department of the University of Malta, as well as of two fundamental works on the Rhodiot community present in Birgu in the early sixteenth century. Yet, the study of Malta's urban and social structure in the early years of the Knights of St John's rule is still in its early phase. These were my feelings when I started researching the history of L-Isla, or as it is also commonly known, Senglea, as it developed during the first thirty-five years of the Hospitaller Knights in Malta. The information available is at best minimal. This means that until other material is unearthed, what follows hereunder remains in need of further corroboration. Nevertheless, I shall attempt to prove that the conclusions reached are based on sound historical conjecture.
ISBN: 999090409X
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