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Title: Maltese nobility (2) : under the Knights of St. John
Authors: Gauci, Charles A.
Keywords: Nobility -- Malta
Malta -- History -- Knights of Malta, 1530-1798
Heraldry -- Malta
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Malta
Issue Date: 1983
Publisher: Gulf Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Gauci, G. A. (1983). Maltese nobility (2) : under the Knights of St. John. Civilization, 6, 145-147.
Abstract: On March 23rd, 1530, Charles V Holy Roman Emperor and Suzerain of Sicily and Malta ceded the Maltese Islands to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem on the condition that each year, the Grand Master ruling over Malta, should present a falcon to the Viceroy of Sicily as an acknowledgement of feudal fealty. This cession was in direct violation of the 1427 act of incorporation referred to in the previous article and was not at all welcomed by the Maltese, especially the Maltese Nobility. Initially, relations between the Order and the Nobility were very bad indeed; the Nobles regarded the Order as a foreign usurping power while the latter regarded the former as an arrogant nuisance and set about trying to clip their wings.
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