The long reach of the Knights

The Knights of Malta certainly got around in their day. Only last month I was in Vienna and the hotel  I stayed in had a massive Maltese cross on the gates. Turns out it was the home of the Knights back in the fifteenth century. Around the corner on the main shopping street is the Maltese church. No great surprise really, considering the boys lived close by.

But while wandering the grounds of the National Stud last week, I spotted the Black Abbey and its accompanying tourist information board. Was I surprised to read that in the twelfth century, Tully was the Irish headquarters of the Knights of Malta. Who’d have thought it?

A little web-surfing revealed that Ireland and Malta have a shared culture. Although 2514.88 km apart (distance between the two capitals)  evidence suggests that that ideas were exchanged between them. Similarities in artistic design, the megalithic buildings and a fascination for alignments to specific solar seasonal events hint at this communication. The world is indeed a small place.

 

Subscribe to get notified when I publish something new.

Talk to me...

%d bloggers like this:

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information on cookies and GDPR

Cookies and GDPR Compliance

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

General Data Protection Regulation

If you have voluntarily submitted your email address so that you can receive notifications of new posts, please be assured that I don't use your address for anything other than to do just that - and that's done automatically. I might use your address, if I knew how to, but I don't.

This blog does not make money, it does not carry sponsored content, it has no ads for which I receive any form of payment. If I review a place or a restaurant or a book, I don't receive any compensation from anyone. I wish I did, but that would require marketing myself and life is too short. If something changes, I will be sure to let you know.

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe or manage subscription links at the bottom of every email you receive. When you comment on a blog post, Google Analytics tracks where you're posting from. This is stored and I can check my stats to see how many clicks I had today, where people clicked from, and what they clicked on. That's it. Nothing more.

I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, particularly to other commenters. If you want to have one of your comments deleted, the please get in touch with me at: mary@irjjol.com. I'm all for the right to be forgotten so will happily oblige.

So, in a nutshell, if you give me your email address voluntarily to subscribe to new posts or if you opt to subscribe to new comments, then you email is just used for this. Nothing else. Promise.

Close