Professorial Inaugural Lecture given by Professor Gerwyn Griffiths

Event Date March 11, 2008 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location – Glamorgan Business Centre

Sir Oliver Starkey was the only Knight of the English Langue of the Knights of St.John present throughout the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Indeed, by this time, the Reformation and the depredations of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I had ensured that the once-proud English Langue was little more than a relic.
If one account of his mysterious early life is to be believed, Oliver Starkey was a lawyer, trained at the Inns of Court. At a time when debates about the undeasy relationship of the sovereignty balance between Europe and individual states abound, in the Knights of St John we have an earlier, but equally if not more fascinating, example of a body who trod the often uneasy path between allegiance to the State and also a larger, supranational entity.
The lecture, which contains new archival research, traces Starkey’s early life in England and his long exile in Malta where he was not only titular Commander of the Commanderie of Quenington but also Latin Secretary to Jean Parisot de Vallette, Grand Master of the Order at the time of the Siege.

Refreshments will be served at 17:30 and following the Lecture a buffet will be served. in the Glamorgan Business Centre.
Please contact June Landeg on or 01443 482788 to book a place.

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