Part 6: The Order of St. John of Jerusalem

Suleiman the Magnificent and his  generals and admirals ,  devised a military plan of conquest,  a straight forward one, seize control of  Malta  with its grand harbor,  and it becomes a great base of operation for ranging westward to Spain or northward through Italy to Rome itself.   Control Malta, and Rome was in jeopardy.  If Rome falls to Islamic armies, the world changes.

To be successful at this plan, the only thing Suleiman had to do was brush aside a small force of Knights of the Order of St. John that were in control of Malta. Wipe out that  nest of pirates or vipers as he called them.

At the time of the battle of Malta in 1565, the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem a/k/a the Hospitaller’s, had existed as an independent order for 450 years.   To understand the animosity of the Islamic forces toward the Order of St. John,  let us look briefly at  how the order evolved and it’s mission.

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District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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