Knights Of Malta, 1523-1798 by R. CohenKnights Of Malta, 1523-1798 by R. Cohen

Knights Of Malta, 1523-1798

byR. Cohen

Paperback | August 10, 2012

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Excerpt: ...hedged about with meticulous precautions to prevent intrigue and corruption, and it was a thoroughly typical medieval attempt to secure an honest election. The framers of the Order's Statutes had taken the precaution of limiting the authority of the Grand Master by a minute enumeration of all his rights. But, as the Order developed into a purely military body, even officially his powers became greater. No subject for discussion could be introduced at the Councils except by himself; he had a double vote, and, in case of an equal division, a casting vote also; he had the right of nomination to many administrative posts besides all those of his own household, and in each priory there was a commandery in his own gift whose revenues went to himself. But even such wide powers were less than the reality. While the Order was at Rhodes, and during the first half-century at Malta, it was obviously necessary that the Grand Master should possess the powers of a commander-in-chief. As a purely military body, surrounded by powerful foes, the Order was in the position of an army encamped in enemy territory. Further, the absolute possession of Rhodes, and later of Malta, tended to give the Grand Masters the rank of independent Sovereigns, and the outside world regarded them as territorial potentates rather than as heads of an Order of aristocratic Knights. But when the Order's existence was no longer threatened the Grand Master's position was assailed from many sides. No one, while reading the history of the Knights, can fail to be impressed by the numerous disturbances among them during the last 200 years of the Order. Drawn from the highest ranks of the nobility, young, rich, and with very little to occupy their time (except when on their "caravans"), the Knights were perpetually quarrelling among themselves or defying the constituted authorities of the Order. Charles V. had insisted on keeping in his own hands the nomination of the bishopric of Malta, and the...
Title:Knights Of Malta, 1523-1798Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:August 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1153634678

ISBN - 13:9781153634670

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