The Knights Hospitaller

in the Napoleonic Era:

At the close of the Eighteenth Century, the armies of the French Republic took Malta almost unresisted, but the Knights found an unexpected protector in the Orthodox Russian Czar, who was even made Grand Master in an election of disputed validity. The murder of the Emperor in 1801, however, destroyed all hope that the Order would have a new life in the East; for the next 200 years the Hospitallers would be known for their charitable work and their aristocratic roots, not for their seapower.

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