The Shield and The Sword by Ernle Bradford
The Knights of St John, Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta

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Ernle Bradford brings you the storied history of the Knights of St. John - defenders of the poor and sick. Starting with the founding of the Knights during the crusades, Bradford follows the Order for centuries as they move around the world, surviving uprootings from Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta. The military prowess of the order culminates in the stirring victory over the Turks depicted in the bestselling THE GREAT SIEGE. But after 200 years, internal corruption contributes to the Knights' loss of Malta to Napoleon. But even from those ashes, the Knights rise once again.

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Ernle Bradford was born in 1922 and died in 1986. He was a noted British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval topics. Bradford was an enthusiastic sailor himself and spent almost thirty years sailing the Mediterranean, where many of his books are set. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, finishing as the first Lieutenant of a destroyer. Bradford lived in Malta for a number of years. He did occasional broadcast work for the BBC, was a magazine editor, and wrote many books including Hannibal; Paul the Traveller; Julius Caesar: The Pursuit of Power; Christopher Columbus; The Mighty Hood; The Battle for the West: Thermopylae; The Great Betrayal: Constantinople 1204; Three Centuries of Sailing; The America's Cup; The Sultan's Admiral: Barbarossa; Nelson: The Essential Hero; Ulysses Found; Siege of Malta 1940-1943; Mediterranean: Portrait of a Sea; The Companion Guide to the Greek Isles; The Great Siege; Cleopatra; The Journeying Moon; The Great Siege of Malta 1565.
Published January 1, 1973 by Dutton. 245 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Religion & Spirituality, War. Non-fiction

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This is a straightforward and somewhat superficial history of the Knights Hospitaller and how they were harried from pillar to post — Jerusalem to Cyprus to Rhodes to Malta — by the Moslem infidels.

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