The Malta Independent 25 May 2024, Saturday
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International Academy issues its sixth historical research volume

Sunday, 24 March 2024, 08:55 Last update: about 3 months ago

The International Academy of the Order of Saint Lazarus, called Sancti Lazari Ordinis Academia Internationalis, has published Volume 6 of its academic journal called Acta Historiae Sancti Lazari Ordinis. Edited by Prof. Charles Savona-Ventura, Prof. Horatio C. R. Vella and Prof. Michael Ross, and published in English, this volume contains some of the papers presented during the international academic meeting held in Malta recently. Participants to this meeting hailed from Malta, America, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Sweden and the UK.


The article titles a wide range of related topics dealing with the Crusader period of the Order's history such as The Lazarite Masters during the Outremer period and Crusaders serving the Order of St Lazarus in Europe per cartulary with traceable direct or collateral descendants; regional developments including Twentieth century Lazarite return to the Outremer; The Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem in Rome: Indulgentia Perpetua Pro Benefactoribus Hospitalis Sanscti Lazari De Urbe; The Internationalisation of the Order in the 1930s on the example of Germany; The Grand Bailiwick of the United States of Mexico in the 1930s and more general topics such as The 18th century genealogists and heralds of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Heraldry and Insignia of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem and its members and Additions to the Catalogue of Commemorative Medals. These articles are based on the researches of Prof. Savona-Ventura, Prof. Ross, Conte d'Evora, Dr D. S. Raese, Prof. Vella, Dr A. Rademachers and Ms E. Cassar. 

Based in Malta, the academy is a registered non-profit, voluntary and public benefit association, governed by Maltese legislation. The association is enrolled with the Malta Business Registry [LPA-141] and the Malta Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations [VO/1969].

The objectives of the academy include the promotion of historical knowledge related to the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem established in the 11th century and other related crusader and orders of chivalry. Historical research may relate to the hierarchy, traditions, their laws and ancient history, as well as their relations with Christian churches.

To realise its objectives, the academy is initiating academic links with foundations and associations, whose purpose is similar or complementary to its own. It will also promote research, training or information in the field of interest. The registered head office of the Academy is at Torri ta' Lanzun, Triq is-Santwarju, Mensija, San Gwann SGN1769, Malta.

Since its setting up, the academy organised several international conferences including Malta (2015), Palermo (2017), Malta (2019), Gotha, Germany (2023) and most recently again in Malta.

Soon the academy will be extending its membership through a call for historians, other academics and students, as well as interested members of the public.

This latest volume, and the five previous ones, can be purchased separately or together from

More information may be obtained via email: [email protected] or by visiting the Academy's website

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