Arx Occasional Papers - In Defence of the Coast I

Arx Occasional Papers, In defence of the coast

Issue 3 of ARX Occasional Papers (2013) is dedicated to a study of the bastioned coastal towers of the Maltese islands.

This is the first in a series of monographs by www.militaryarchitecture.com to focus on the various typologies of coastal defences employed by the Hospitaller Knights of St John in the defence of their tiny insular realm. This publication, written and illustrated by Dr. Stephen C. Spiteri Ph.D., provides an in-depth study of the design and construction of the coastal towers first built by the Knights in the Maltese islands in the early decades of the seventeenth century, during the reign of Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt and his successor, Grand Master Lascaris.

These structures were characterized by their bastioned turrets, a feature that set them distinctly apart from the other traditional tower forms that had been hitherto employed in the coastal defence role around the shores of the Mediterranean. At the turn of the seventeenth century, the construction of such bastioned towers also marked an important new phase in the Order's defensive strategy, one that would lead, eventually, to the fortification of the whole archipelago and the transformation of Malta into a veritable island-fortress.

An accompanying short introductory video-documentary on the subject can be  viewed below:

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