A Maltese Odyssey – the historical, artistic and architectural heritage of the Maltese islands
The book owes its inspiration to The Odyssey, the great epic poem written in circa 800BC by Homer, reputed to be the father of European literature. The struggles and triumphs of its protagonist Ulysses are interpreted as a metaphor of life applicable to all ages, sending a very clear message that Man, whatever his adversaries, be they physical, mental or spiritual can safely navigate through life’s never-ending battles.
The history of the Maltese Islands, in its multi-faceted dimensions, is replete with episodes of savage cruelty, deprivation, slavery and rapacious foreign overlords of the Middle Ages, alternating with episodes of peace and tranquillity, glamour and mystery as in the glorious Temple Period as well as moments of triumph after the epic siege of 1565. Throughout these ordeals, Malta’s resilience emerged triumphant with its head held high while it slowly embarked through its medieval Universita’ on its first nascent faltering steps towards nationhood.
The Mdina Cathedral Museum and its unique archives occupy a special place in this publication not least because this prestigious institution is a veritable crossroad of faith and culture enhanced by famous paintings, unique manuscripts dating from the Middle Ages, the Militia Lists from 1419, and records of the Inquisition, exceptional musical manuscripts and priceless artistic treasures.
The main objective of this book is to provide the discerning layman with a comprehensive review of the rich historical, archaeological, cultural, musical and ecclesiastical heritage of the Maltese archipelago written by Lino Bugeja – Cultural Journalism Award Winner for 2016.
By: Lino Bugeja
No of pages: 302