Great material. At too little on this siege written. The writer didn't take too long to tell too little... And not least... Geat narrator
Yes. I love the story because it is real, and the heroism displayed by the knights is absolutely inspiring.
The heroism and intrepidity of the knights.
His reading of the book is flawless and he keeps the reader riveted.
Moving story of bravery beyond compare. I thank the valiant Knights of St John and brave but unknown Maltese that made it possible for Western civilization to survive and prosper. May we in the current struggle with Radical Islam equal their determination and valor.
I loved it. I appreciated the balanced telling of this significant battle, and I was struck with how little I actually knew about its importance.
A must read, especially if you are planning to visit Malta.
It held the attention of this non-fan of the genre. The strategies were interesting, the battles were gory.
Having grown up in Malta, I am no stranger to the great deeds done by the knights of St. John in Malta, before, during, and after the great siege of 1565. As one might expect the great siege of 1565 is taught in history classes in schools here on the Island; albeit not in such great detail as delivered by Bradford. As Voltaire puts it "Nothing is better known than the siege of Malta.". Balbi, one of the Order's historians, took great care to describe even the smallest of fights and speeches, and no deed went unrecorded.
Being Maltese I cannot deny the fact that I felt an immense sense of pride as the story developed. In the past, friends of mine stated that we as Maltese did nothing worth noting through out this siege; we only followed orders. I couldn't disagree more after going through Bradford's work in this book. It shows the tremendous amount of resilience with equal amounts of courage and resoluteness exerted by the lesser amounts of defenders both Knight and Maltese. Balbi even takes time to note the Maltese people's acts of courage and unwavering loyalty to the grand master and his order but most importantly their faith. (He also mentions that we're a staunch, short-legged, barrel-chested race, which in my opinion is pretty darn accurate! :))
On my return to Malta: next year, I will make sure to visit all the fortifications, churches and places mentioned in this book. I am sure that I will be looking at them through a very different lens, driving me to appreciate my country more and the hurdles it has been through.