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History and Geography
This paper will compare English print concerning the Siege of Rhodes in 1480 and the Siege of Malta in 1565 in order to address how the responses differed and why. Although there is abundant scholarship on the two sieges and the press, most research concentrates on each specific period rather than comparing the two. The Historians Theresa Vann and Donald Kagay for example, described how John Kaye transformed Guillaume Caoursin’s Obsidionis Rhodiae urbis descriptio through translation for an English-speaking readership and the Order’s relationship to the printing press during the period surrounding the Siege of Rhodes. Helen Vella Bonavita discussed Malta-related print during the years surrounding the 1565 Great Siege, focusing on the changes made due to Protestant and Catholic writers. Bonavita emphasized the cultural aspects that influenced the translation of the first history of the siege in 1565 and discussed how Elizabeth’s Protestant reign influenced the printed prayers. However, a lacuna in the comparative study of the siege literature remains.
Stanford, Kevin, "Certayn and Tru Good Nues: Early English Printing and the 1480 Siege of Rhodes and the 1565 Great Siege of Malta, a Comparison" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 431.