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Presenter : Julian Davison

Malta

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In Episode three, Julian Davidson departs the former capitol of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul and travels to the site of one of the most extraordinary sieges in European history, the island of Malta.

The pride of the Christian Crusader Order of the Knights of St. John, Malta stands today like a baroque jewel, but in the 16th century it was the object of desire for Ottoman Sultan Sulieman the Magnificent who was prepared to risk all to possess it. In Malta, Julian enlists in a local re-enactment group and tries his hand at the weapons of 16th century warfare before dissecting a siege that would become one of the Ottomans most shocking defeats.

Before leaving Malta, Julian explores the legacy of the Knights of St. John and meets a modern day Knight. The Great Siege of Malta may have ended in defeat for the Ottomans but the war for the Mediterranean was far from over.

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