Today in European history: the Great Siege of Malta ends (1565)

and that's the way it was

The two most famous military orders to come out of the Crusades were the Knights Templar, which was named for its first headquarters on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the Knights Hospitaller, which ran a hospital in Crusader Jerusalem before it diversified into the fighting business. The Templars are the more famous of the two, since they’ve seeped into popular literature and film (The Da Vinci Code, for example), but whereas the Templars were hunted down and disbanded in the early 1300s, the Hospitallers have survived to the present day, though now they’re called the “Sovereign Military Order of Malta.” The Great Siege of Malta is a big part of the reason why they have that name today.

After the last of the Crusader states in the Levant, Acre, was captured by the Mamluks in 1291, the Hospitallers, also known as the Order of the Knights of…

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