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Title: The Maltese Islands and the religious culture of the Hospitallers : isolation and connectivity c.1540s–c.1690s
Authors: Buttigieg, Emanuel
Keywords: Knights of Malta -- Malta -- 16th century
Knights of Malta -- Malta -- 17th century
Hospitalers -- Malta -- History
Knights of Malta -- Religious life
Inquisition -- Malta -- History
Malta -- Religious life and customs
Order of St John -- History -- 16th century
Order of St John -- History -- 17th century
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Farnham, Ashgate
Citation: Buttigieg, E. (2013). The Maltese Islands and the religious culture of the Hospitallers: isolation and connectivity c.1540s–c.1690s. In E. Buttigieg, & S. Phillips (Eds.), Islands and military orders, c.1291-c.1798 (pp. 39-51). Farnham, Surry, UK ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
Abstract: The inception of the Hospitaller presence in Malta deeply transformed the character of the islands and their people. It seems as if Braudel must have had Malta in mind when he wrote that an ‘accidental change of ruler or of fortune may bring to the island’s shores an entirely different civilization and way of life’, thereby transforming that island’s character. This chapter has attempted to show that being on Malta, in turn, also affected the Order, in this case, the religious culture of Hospitallers. Studying religion through an island-approach provides some new insights. Even in a small island like Malta – or the small ‘island’ constituted by a galley – people lived their lives within different social settings, which were nonetheless concurrent and overlapping. Isolation and connectivity, in conjunction with insulation and smallness created a particular dynamic within which Hospitaller faith unfolded.
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