The James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities will be hosting the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library’s Malta Study Center’s traveling exhibition, “Knights, Memory, and the Siege of 1565: An Exhibition on the 450th Anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta.”
“The Great Siege of Malta of 1565 was a pivotal moment in the history of the Mediterranean, as Ottoman and Western European powers vied for the control of the sea,” said Dr. Daniel Gullo, Joseph S. Micallef Curator of the Malta Study Center. “The siege, which ended in the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem’s victory over the Turkish forces, provided an enduring sense and memory of resistance, a memory that the Knights and the Maltese would later recall during unsuccessful assaults on the island, including the great Italian and German bombardment of Malta during World War II.”
The exhibition features more than twenty original rare books and manuscripts narrating the history of the conflict between the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and the Ottoman Turks from the 1480 Siege of Rhodes, through the
The Malta Study Center was founded in 1973 by Honorary Consul General of Malta-Saint Paul/Minneapolis, Joseph S. Micallef, KMOb. The Center sponsors digitization projects to preserve the history of Malta, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, and the history of the Crusades. The Center also acquires antiquarian and modern publications about Malta’s history, literature and culture. For more information on the project, watch HMML’s web (www.hmml.org) and social media sites, and biannual issues of Melitensia.
One of the world’s leading cultural preservation institutions, HMML’s mission is to identify, digitally photograph, catalog and archive the contents of endangered manuscripts belonging to threatened communities, and to make these unique cultural resources available to users around the world. Since 1965, HMML has partnered with over 540 libraries and archives to photograph more than 140,000 medieval, renaissance and early-modern manuscripts from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.