Wirt iż-Żejtun has launched its second publication, this time gathering the proceedings of the Symposium organised last July. The title of this publication is “The Turkish Raid of 1614”.The 104 page book includes eight chapters in all and is printed in full colour on art paper. Giulia Privitelli presents the research which she carried out through different archives when she tried to unveil the true story of the Turkish raid. Charles Debono gives an historical account on what happened after the Turks left Marsascala Bay and how they have landed at Mellieha before sailing to North Africa. Sandro Debono shares the information which he gathered on three altar paintings which somehow are related to this historical event. Dr Anton Bugeja presents his research about Clement Tabone which is thought to have been one of the local heroes during the assault against the Turks at Buleben.
Fiona Vella shares her thoughts and writings about the folkloristic myths gathered around the story of this last raid. Godwin Vella analises the impact of frequent raids by the Turks and corsairs on the shaping of the rural community living in the south east of Malta in the early 17th century. Profs Stanley Fiorini, in a very logical manner, presents his findings on how the people living in the south east of Malta tried to defend themselves from these frequent incursions. Dr Stephen Spiteri describes how the Hospitaller Order improved the coastal defence of the island after this raid.
You may purchase this publication for the price of €15 form the Wirt iż-Żejtun desk during the festival of Żejt iż-Żejtun to be held on the 27th and 28th September.