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Pearls from the Pend No.1


A Selected Bibliography

Duncan McAra

WHAT started out as a purely private ‘book-keeping’ exercise might, I hope, be of some reference value to members of the Priory of Scotland. By the very scale of the subject covered in so many languages, such a Bibliography must be selective.

Many of the books listed I have obtained over the last twenty years or so from English antiquarian booksellers; a few, such as Hume (1940), were acquired while on a visit to Malta in 1996, and one (Schermerhorn, 1940) was bought from a bookseller in Philadelphia. Patience is the key; the copy of Belabre (1908) took several years before it appeared unexpectedly like Excalibur. And one pounces!


ALLIOTT, E.A., The Rhodes Missal: A Commentary, pb, London: Order of St John, 1980.

BALBI, Francesco, di Correggio, The Siege of Malta 1565 [trans. from the Spanish by Major Henry Alexander Balbi; Foreword by Sir Harry Luke], Copenhagen: O. F. Gollcher & Ole Rostock, 1961 [inscribed to Don Pottinger, Unicorn Pursuivant of Arms, by Ole Rostock and, in turn, gifted by DP to DMcA’s father, Charles McAra, who had vivid memories of Malta while serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War; this volume sparked DMcA’s interest in his teens in the Knights Hospitaller and prompted cycle trips to Torphichen Preceptory, secluded in the Bathgate Hills, West Lothian].

BALBI, Francisco, di Correggio, The Siege of Malta 1565 [trans. from the Spanish by Ernle Bradford], London: The Folio Society, 1965 [rear inside board has DMcA’s inserted display on black paper of a set of Maltese-issue stamps commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Siege].

BEDFORD, W.K.R. & HOLBECHE, Richard, The Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, London: F. E. Robinson, 1902.

BELABRE, Baron [Fradin] de, Rhodes of the Knights, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.

BROCKMAN, Eric, Last Bastion: Sketches of the Maltese Islands, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1961 [Ch. III: The Knights; Ch. IV: The Sovereign Order as a Naval Power].

BROCKMAN, Eric, The Two Sieges of Rhodes, 1480-1522, London: John Murray, 1969.

BURNETT, Charles J. & TILLING, Henry, The Order of St John in Scotland: An Account of the charitable work of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in the Realm of Scotland since 1879, pb, Edinburgh: The Priory of Scotland of The Order of St John, 1997 [inscribed to DMcA by co-authors, Knights of Justice of St John].

CAVALIERO, Roderick, The Last of the Crusaders: The Knights of St John and Malta in the Eighteenth Century, London: Hollis & Carter, 1960.

CONTRERAS, Alonso de, The Life of Alonso de Contreras: Knight of the Military Order of St John, Native of Madrid, Written by Himself (1582 to 1633) [trans. from the Spanish by Catherine Alison Phillips; Introduction by David Hannay], London: Jonathan Cape, 1926.

COUNCIL OF EUROPE & GOVERNMENT OF MALTA, The Order of St John in Malta, with an Exhibition of Paintings by Mattia Preti, pb, Valletta: The Palace & The Museum of St John’s Co-Cathedral, 1970 [Thirteenth Council of Europe Art Exhibition].

COWAN, Ian B., MACKAY, P.H.R. & MACQUARRIE, Alan (eds), The Knights of St John of Jerusalem in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish History Society, 1983.

CUTAJAR, Dominic, Malta: History and Works of Art of St John’s Church, Valletta (1989), pb, Valletta: M. J. Publications, rev. edn 1992.

DURRELL, Lawrence, Reflections on a Marine Venus: a companion to the landscape of Rhodes, London: Faber & Faber, 1953 [Ch. VII: The Age of the Knights].

DYER, Stella, Malta Views: A Catalogue of Topographical Prints & Drawings of Malta in the Museum of the Order of St John, pb, London: Order of St John, 1984.

ELLUL, Joseph, The Grandmaster’s Palace & the Gobelin Tapestries, pb, Siggiewi, Malta: Joseph Ellul, 1996.

ENGEL, Claire Eliane, Knights of Malta: A Gallery of Portraits, London: George Allen & Unwin, 1963.

FINCHAM, H.W., The Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem and its Grand Priory of England (1915), London: The Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, 2nd edn, 1933.

FINDLATER, Julia & WILLIS, Pamela, Silver at St John’s Gate: Maltese and other Silver in the Collection of the Museum of the Order of St John, pb, London: Order of St John, 1990.

FLAVIGNY, Bertrand Galimard, Les Chevaliers de Malte: Des Hommes de Fer et de Foi, pb, Paris: Découvertes Gallimard, 1998.

GASH, John, ‘The identity of Caravaggio’s “Knight of Malta”, The Burlington Magazine, CXXXIX (March 1997), pp. 156-60.

GAYRE, Lt-Col. G.R. of Gayre & Nigg, The Heraldry of the Knights of St John, Allahabad, India: Garga Brothers, 1956.

GIORGIO, Roger de, A City by an Order, Valletta: Progress Press, 1985; 2nd edn, 1986 [f.e. shows Henry Tilling’s bookplate].

HOPPEN, Alison, The Fortification of Malta by the Order of St John 1530-1798, Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1979.

HUGHES, J.Quentin, The Building of Malta: during the period of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, 1530-1795, London: Alec Tiranti, 1956.

HUME, Edgar Erskine, Medical Work of the Knights Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1940.

HUMPHERY-SMITH, Cecil, Hugh Revel: Master of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem 1258-1277, Chichester: Phillimore, 1994.

KARCHESKI, Walter J. Jr & RICHARDSON, Thom, The Medieval Armour from Rhodes, Leeds: Royal Armouries Museum & Worcester, MA: Higgins Armory Museum, 2000.

KENNEDY, John J.Fitzpatrick, ‘Development of the Chief of Religion in the Order of St John of Jerusalem’, The Double Tressure [The Heraldry Society of Scotland], No 21, 2002, pp. 32-44.

KING, Col. E.J., The Knights Hospitallers in the Holy Land, London: Methuen, 1931.

KING, Col. Sir Edwin, The Knights of St John in the British Empire: Being the Official History of the British Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (1924), London: St John’s Gate, 2nd edn, 1934.

KING, Col. Sir Edwin, The Knights of St John in the British Realm: Being the Official History of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (1924), London: St John’s Gate, 3rd edn, 1967.

KING, Col. E.J., The Pilgrimage of 1926: Being the Official Journal of the Knights of St John, London: St John’s Gate, 1926 [this edition limited to 400 copies; the Journal is an account in diary format of a group visit to Malta, Rhodes and the Holy Land; fep shows bookplate of Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire].

KING, Col. E.J., The Seals of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, London: Methuen, 1932 [this edition limited to 400 copies].

KOLLIAS, Elias, The Knights of Rhodes: The Palace and the City, Athens: Ekdotike Athenon, 1991.

LOCHHEAD, Ian C. & BARLING, T.F.R., The Siege of Malta 1565, pb, London: Literary Services and Production in association with Melita Productions, 1970.

LUKE, Sir Harry, Malta: An Account and an Appreciation (1949), London: George Harrap, 2nd edn rev. & enlarged, 1960.

McHUGH, Rosita, The Knights of Malta: 900 Years of Care, Dublin: Irish Association of  SMOM, 1996.

MACKAY, P.H.R. & RILEY-SMITH, Jonathan, The Knights of St John: The Story of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in Scotland, pb, Edinburgh: City of Edinburgh Museums and Art Galleries, 1976.

MACQUARRIE, Alan, Scotland and the Crusades 1095-1560 (1984), Edinburgh: John Donald, 1997, pb [pb edn includes some minor corrections & additions to Bibliography].

MASON, Roger & WILLIS, Pamela, Maps of Malta in the Museum and Library of the Order of St John, pb, London: Order of St John, 1989.

MIFSUD, Canon Mgr A., Knights Hospitallers of the Ven. Tongue of England in Malta, Valletta: 1914 [1916 on case front].

MILLER, Stephen J.H., “Ten Years as Hospitaller”: The Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem 1981-1990, pb, London: Grand Priory of the Order of St John, 1990.

NICHOLSON, Helen, The Knights Hospitaller, Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2001.

NICOLLE, David, Knight Hospitaller (1) 1100-1306 [Warrior/33]; Knight Hospitaller (2) 1306-1565 [Warrior/41], pb, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2001.

O’MALLEY, Gregory, The Knights Hospitaller of the English Langue 1460-1565, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

PERCIVAL-PRESCOTT, Westby & NAISH, George, The Maritime Siege of Malta 1565, pb, London: National Maritime Museum, 1970.

PEYREFITTE, Roger, Knights of Malta [a novel trans. from the French by Edward Hyams], London: Secker & Warburg, 1960.

PHILLIPS, Simon, The Prior of the Knights Hospitaller in Late Medieval England, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2009.

PICKLES, Tim, Malta 1565: Last Battle of the Crusades [Military Campaign/50], pb, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 1998.

PORTER, Whitworth, A History of the Knights of Malta or the Order of St John of Jerusalem (1858), London: Longmans, Green, rev. edn, 1883.

RILEY-SMITH, Jonathan, Hospitallers: The History of the Order of St John, London: The Hambledon Press, 1999.

RILEY-SMITH, Jonathan, The Knights of St John in Jerusalem and Cyprus c.1050-1310, London: Macmillan, 1967.

RILEY-SMITH, Jonathan (ed.), The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

RYAN, Frederick W., “The House of the Temple”: A Study of Malta and its Knights in the French Revolution, London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, 1930.

RYAN, Frederick W., Malta (illustrated with twenty paintings in colour by Vittorio Boron), London: Adam & Charles Black, 1910.

SAINTY, Guy Stair, The Orders of Saint John: The History, Structure, Membership and Modern Role of the Five Hospitaller Orders of Saint John of Jerusalem, pb, New York. The American Society of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, 1991.

SCHERMERHORN, E.W., Malta of the Knights, London: Wm Heinemann, 1929.

SCHERMERHORN, Elizabeth Wheeler, On the Trail of the Eight-Pointed Cross: A Study of the Heritage of the Knights Hospitallers in Feudal Europe, New York: G.P.Putnam’s Sons, 1940.

SCIBERRAS, Keith, ‘”Due persone à lui ben viste”: the identity of Caravaggio’s companion as a Knight of Magistral Obedience’, Burlington Magazine, CXLVII (Jan. 2005), pp. 38-9.

SCICLUNA, Hannibal P., The Order of St John of Jerusalem and Places of Interest in Malta and Gozo, pb, Malta: 1969 [The Times (Malta), 22.12.81 obituary of Scicluna pasted on inside cover].

SEWARD, Desmond, The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders (1972), pb, London: Penguin Books, rev. edn 1995.

SEWARD, Desmond, The Monks of War: The Military Orders [Foreword by Fra’ Matthew Festing], London: The Folio Society, 2000.

SIRE, H.J.A., The Knights of Malta, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1994.

SLOANE, Barney & MALCOLM, Gordon, Excavations at the priory of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, Clerkenwell, London, pb (MoLAS monograph 20), London: Museum of London Archaeology Service, 2004.

SLOCUM, The John J.Slocum Collection of Coins of the Crusades, London: Sotheby’s, 6 & 7 March 1997.

SMITH, Jack, Torphichen, pb, Torphichen: Jack Smith, 1997.

SMOM, The First 50 Years, pb, London: BASMOM, 2003 [of BASMOM’s pilgrimagetoLourdes].

STONE, David M., ‘The context of Caravaggio’s “Beheading of St John” in Malta’, The Burlington Magazine, CXXXIX (March 1997), pp. 161-70.

SULTANA, Donald E., The Siege of Malta Rediscovered: An account of Sir Walter Scott’s Mediterranean Journey and his Last Novel, Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1970 [copy signed by author].

SWAN, Conrad & DRUMMOND-MURRAY, Peter, of Mastrick, Blood of the Martyrs: Martyr Ancestors of the British Knights of Malta, pb, London: Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 1993 [this copy inscribed to DMcA by Slains Pursuivant of Arms]

TOFFOLO, Julia, Image of a Knight: Portrait Prints and Drawings of the Knights of St John in the Museum of the Order of St John, pb, London: Order of St John, 1988.

TOZER, Charles W., The Insignia and Medals of the Grand Priory of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, London: J.B.Hayward & Son in association with the Orders and Medals Research Society, 1975.

WALLEN, William, The History and Antiquities of the Round Church at Little Maplestead, Essex, formerly belonging to the Knights Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem, London: 1836.

WATTS, Karen, ‘The armour of the Knights of St John, Malta’, Royal Armouries Yearbook, (3), 1998, pp. 29-43.

WILLIAMS, Richard, St John’s Gate Picture Book, pb, London: St John’s Gate, 1947.

WILLIS, Pamela, A Brief History of The Order of St John, pb, London: The Order of St John, 1989.

ZAMMIT, William, Con Licenza de’ Superiori’: Printing in Malta during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: an exhibition of works printed in Malta during the rule of the Order of St John of Jerusalem from the National Library of Malta collections; held on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the introduction of printing to Malta, pb, Valletta: National Library of Malta, 1992.


BARBER, Malcolm, The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple (1994), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, repr. 1995.

LORD, Evelyn, The Knights Templar in Britain, Harlow: Longman, 2002.

LORD, Evelyn, The Templar’s Curse, Harlow: Longman, 2008.

NICHOLSON, Helen, The Knights Templar: A New History, Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 2001.

NICHOLSON, Helen, Knight Templar 1120-1312 [Warrior/91], pb, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2003.

NICHOLSON, Helen, Templars, Hospitallers and Teutonic Knights: Images of the Military Orders, 1128-1291, pb, Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1995.

PARTNER, Peter, The Murdered Magicians: The Templars and their Myth, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982.

READ, Piers Paul, The Templars (1999), London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 3rd imp., 2000.

UPTON-WARD, J.M. (trans.), The Rule of the Templars: The French Text of the Rule of the Order of the Knights Templar, Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1992.

WATSON, William, Beltran in Exile, London: Chatto & Windus, 1979 [fine historical novel].


CHRISTIANSEN, Eric, The Northern Crusades: The Baltic and the Catholic Frontier 1100-1525, pb, London: Macmillan, 1980.

HAFTKA, Mieczyslaw & MIERZWINSKI, Mariusz, Malbork: Castle of the Teutonic Order, Munich: Prisma Verlag, 1996.

MORTON, Nicholas, The Teutonic Knights in the Holy Land, 1190-1291, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2009.

NICOLLE, David, Teutonic Knight 1190-1561 [Warrior/124], pb, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2007.

TURNBULL, Stephen, Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (1): The red-brick castles of Prussia 1230-1466 [Fortress/11], pb, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2003; Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (2): The stone castles of Latvia and Estonia 1185-1560 [Fortress/19], pb, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2004.

URBAN, William, The Teutonic Knights: A Military History, London: Greenhill Books & Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2003.


London Centre for the Study of the Crusades / Proceedings of International Conferences:

    Volume 1  BARBER, Malcolm (ed.), The Military Orders: Fighting for the Faith and Caring for the Sick, Aldershot: Variorum (Ashgate), 1994.

    Volume 2  NICHOLSON, Helen (ed.), The Military Orders: Welfare and Warfare, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998.

    Volume 3  MALLIA-MILANES, Victor (ed.), The Military Orders: History and Heritage, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.

    Volume 4  UPTON-WARD, Judi (ed.) The Military Orders: On Land and by Sea, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.

EISNER, Michael, The Crusader (2001), pb, London: Doubleday, 2002 [fine historical novel].

FEDDEN, Robin & THOMSON, John, Crusader Castles, London: John Murray, 1957.

FOLDA, Jaroslav, Crusader Art: The Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land, 1099-1291, Aldershot: Lund Humphries, 2008.

JOINVILLE & VILLEHARDOUIN, Chronicles of the Crusades [trans. with an Introduction by M.R.B.Shaw], pb, London: Penguin Books, 1963.

KEEN, Maurice, Chivalry, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1984.

KENNEDY, Hugh, Crusader Castles, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

LAWRENCE, T.E., Crusader Castles (1936), pb, London: Michael Haag, 1986.

MARCOMBE, David, Leper Knights: The Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem in England c.1150-1544, Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2003.

PHILLIPS, Jonathan, Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades, London: The Bodley Head, 2009.

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