The Achievements of the Knights of Malta, Volume 2

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Constable and Hurst, Chance, 1831
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Page 288 - ... men on board. They were superbly ornamented ; gold blazed on the numerous basso-relievos and sculptures on the stern ; enormous sails, striped with blue and white, carried on their middle a great cross of Malta, painted red. Their elegant flags floated majestically. In a word, everything concurred, when they were under sail, to render it a magnificent spectacle ; but their construction was little adapted either for fighting or for standing foul weather. The order kept them up rather as an image...
Page 311 - It is well, general, that there was some one within to open the gates to us. We should have had more trouble in entering, if the place had been altogether empty.
Page 88 - Adam, the Grand Master, embarked the last of his sorrowing band. On the morning of the 1st of January, 1523, the fleet, consisting of about fifty sail of all descriptions, put to sea. It was an hour of woe ; but the wanderers departed not unsolaced. They looked their last on the shattered towers from which the fate of war had driven them, supported by the consciousness that, though Rhodes had passed from under their sway, their protracted resistance had conferred the tame of victory even on defeat.
Page 288 - The galleys were armed, or rather embarrassed, with an incredible number of hands ; the general alone had 800 men on board. They were superbly ornamented ; gold blazed on the numerous basso-relievos and sculptures on the stern; enormous sails, striped with blue and white, carried on their middle a great cross of Malta, painted red. Their elegant flags floated majestically. In a word, everything concurred, when they were under sail, to render it a magnificent spectacle; but their construction was...
Page 329 - In 1814, the French Knights, taking heart at the humiliation of their arch-enemy Napoleon, assembled at Paris in a General Chapter under the Presidency of the Prince Camille de Rohan, Grand Prior of Acquitaine, for the election of a permanent Capitulary Commission.
Page 329 - Bourbon family was understood to entertain for the Order, entered into a treaty with the Greeks for the cession of Sapienza and Cabressa, two islets on the western shore of the Morea, as a preliminary step to the reconquest of Rhodes, to facilitate which arrangement an endeavour was made to raise a loan of 640,000 in England.
Page 83 - ... that the citizens should be allowed the free exercise of their religion — that every individual, whether knight or citizen, should be at liberty to quit the island — that those Christians who remained should pay no tribute for...
Page 330 - England ; but the negotiations were conducted with a considerable degree of pompous ambiguity ; and the financial speculation completely failed. * The formalities of the Order are still maintained with some degree of splendour in the French capital, and it continues to enumerate a number of distinguished members ; but the utter dilapidation of its revenues, and the total annihilation of its political influence, has reduced it to the situation of an obscure association ; and such, as far as human...
Page 86 - ... how unworthy he was of the high opinion which his conqueror entertained of him ; and that he would far rather retire into obscurity, or part with life itself, than bo accounted a recreant and apostate by his own people. Solyman dismissed the venerable knight with honour ; and said to Achmet Pacha, who was in attendance : " It is not without regret that I drive this unfortunate old man, full of sorrow, from his home.
Page 83 - The principal stipulations were, — that the churches should not be profaned — that no children should be taken from their parents — that the citizens should be allowed the free exercise of their religion — that every individual, whether knight or citizen, should be...

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