In the spring of 1565, a massive fleet of Ottoman ships descended
on Malta, a small island centrally located between North Africa and
Sicily, home and headquarters of the crusading Knights of St. John
and their charismatic Grand Master, Jean de Valette. The Knights
had been expelled from Rhodes by the Ottoman sultan, Suleiman the
Magnificent, and now stood as the last bastion against a Muslim
invasion of Sicily, southern Italy, and beyond. The siege... more...