Someone Said Donald Trump Belongs to the Knights of Malta… What’s That?

SecretGenealogyFrontCoverI just heard a caller to a San Francisco radio station (KGO) say that Donald Trump was a member of the Knights of Malta. Sounds like Freemasonry or an ancient fraternity left over from the Christian Crusades. Time to find out…SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

Checking my WW II-era dictionary under “knights,” it doesn’t make the list. There is Knights of Columbus, Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights Templar) but no Malta. So let’s see what Malta has listed. Nothing except, Malta fever, “undulant fever,” see the gazette. So I go to the gazette at the back of the book and Malta is listed as the chief island of the Maltese Islands. The Maltese Islands are listed as Malta, Gozo and Comino in the Mediterranean Sea, fifty-eight miles south of Sicily. Back when this dictionary was printed (1940’s) the Maltese Islands were British colonies.

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIII turned to my beloved encyclopedia that is almost as old, (I love the old reference books, they were written before political correctness and they say things authors would not say today,) and no Knights of Malta is listed under the various fraternities. Here though is some interesting history about Malta and its knights, taken (and reworded) from the Grolier Encyclopedia volumes 13 & 14, pg. 176, Doubleday, Doran and Co., New York, 1956:

The Phoenicians colonized Malta about the 10th century B.C.E. and used it for trading. Then the Greeks in the 8th century B.C.E., then the Carthaginians in the 5th B.C.E. and then it fell to Rome in the 3rd B.C.E. The Vandals and Goths ravaged it in the 5th century A.D. but Belisarius drove them away and attached Malta to the Byzantine empire (Turks). The Moors (Muslims) seized it in the 9th century and pirated from the island. The Normans (think Vikings) ran the Moors off and after that Malta was a dependency of Sicily (think Italy). It was later given by marriage to the house of Hohenstaufen (medieval German rulers). Later the king of Argon (Spain) took charge and Charles V inherited it. It looks like Charles V gave Malta to the Knights of St. John in 1530 and it had a “glorious period.” (The Knights of St. John had been driven from Rhodes by the Turks.)Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

Napoleon took Malta on his way to Egypt in 1798, the British blockaded and the French surrendered in 1800. The island was supposed to be restored to the Knights of St. John but the Maltese refused that promise and were granted the protection of Great Britain in 1814.

So who are the Knights of Malta? Are they the Knights of St. John who were refused by the Maltese or are they Knights of Maltese who refused the Knights of St. John? Oh look… the next entry in the encyclopedia has this:

“Maltese Cross. Badge of the order of the Knights of Malta.”

BLOG Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VI wrote a blog about the Maltese cross about four years ago. Here it is: What is The House of Windsor? Is That a Maltese Cross On the Queen’s Crown? The House of Windsor is the title used by the Royal Family of Great Britain since 1917. The name derives from Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England. Before 1917, the title of the British Royal Family was the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. To my way of thinking, I see Saxe as Saxones as in Anglo-Saxon, which we know many of the English claim to be, and Gotha as from Gothic which refers to the Teutonic tribes who encompass a broad range of people, especially Germanic. The Saxe-Coburg and Gotha title sounded too Germanic, so King George V changed it to the Royal House of Windsor during World War I. On the cover of Newsweek, Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee is featured and visible is what looks like a Maltese cross in her crown, bringing images of Hitler’s Third Reich. But this cross was used long before Hitler used it. Besides representing Christianity, it may also symbolize heroism and impeccable leadership. It does remind one though that even though England has become extremely multi-cultural, tribes of “Northmen” played a pivotal role in its culture.

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History… A Bit About the Renaissance

If someone mentions the Renaissance, of course I understand what they’re talking about… who doesn’t? But I followed up a little bit so that I truly understood the depth of this medieval era and found it was a fascinating period in history. The forerunner of this movement was a man named Francesco Petrarca who lived from 1304-74. Renaissance is taken from the French word renaitre, which means to be born again. It was a time period when people began to appreciate ancient culture, particularly that of Rome and Greece.

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Insurance? They Thought It Was a Good Idea…

New The Lies of the Lion Kindle CoverLots of talk these days about insurance, it’s a business model that’s been practiced for thousands of years. Ever hear of Lloyd’s of London? Did you know that Lloyd’s began as a coffee house in London, not far from the dock, where merchants discussed their shipping investments? Edward Lloyd was the owner of the coffee house, he died in the early 1700’s but his insurance company continued on. Early merchants invested a lot of money in shiploads of wheat, spices and various trade goods. Because they needed to insure their investments, the merchants all paid money into a fund. The history of insurance goes back to ancient Mediterranean traders, including the Phoenicians, Romans and Greeks. There were health insurance plans, far different from what we have today but they led the way to today’s form of spreading the risk between other parties.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical fiction The Lies of the Lion Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Lion-Lions-Trace/dp/0965114074

 

Olde England: What Kept M’Lady of the Castle Busy?

The lady of the castle was a general manager of sorts. She supervised the growing of food in the castle orchard and garden, oversaw the cooking, the spinning and dying of wool and the sewing of clothes for her family and servants. M’Lady also had the responsibility for seeing that the sick were cared for.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

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What Does Feudalism Mean?

Feudalism was practiced throughout medieval Europe. The word derives from a German word “fihu” which means property. It was usually land that was referred to when practicing feudalism. This exchange of land for favors or services was the central premise behind feudalism. Two titles associated with feudalism: lord and vassal. The vassal was the guy accepting the lands and he was expected to be faithful to the lord. The lord would often have many vassals protecting his property from invaders. In exchange, the vassals, as a part of a large group of men serving the same lord, were protected by the lord’s power as a land baron. Some feudal lords held estates that were the envy of kings.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

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Olde English Genealogy: What Does Heraldry Mean?

Heraldry refers to the symbol a chieftain or lord used to identify his fiefdom. This symbol was displayed in a banner, on his coat, on his soldier’s coats and on their armament. This is where the expression “coat of arms” originated. During these medieval ages, they called a messenger a “herald.” Because messengers wore their lord’s symbol on their coats and probably on their horse’s saddle and maybe carried a small banner with their insignia, the castle guards would look down and recognize the herald’s symbol. When there was a marriage between families, each having their own coat of arms, they were combined.

The use of a coat of arms began with the era of William the Conqueror. Although William was of Viking descent (a man from the north, a Norman) he had settled in northern France (Normandy) so you’ll se a lot of French words in coats of arms and in their mottos. Viking, French, English… genealogy is not so simple.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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OMG… Protestant Protestors

I had absolutely no idea that protestant came from the word protest. I’ve heard the word all my life and never thought to ask what it meant. As a child it meant… “not Catholic.” That was good enough for me. Not that Catholic was a bad thing, my best friend was a Catholic and I thank my protestant parents for letting me go to church with her. I went so many times, I know a little bit about what it feels like to be Catholic. During the medieval era, the word protestant came about because some Roman Catholics protested certain things about Catholicism. They became Protestants and are known as such today.

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