A Seminar Analyses the Impact of the Order of Malta in the Geopolitical Configuration of Present Day Europe

Some thirty students from several Spanish and Portuguese provinces have enrolled themselves in the research colloquium-seminar “Carlos V y la Orden de Malta” (“Charles V and the Order of Malta”) that will take place on the 3rd and 4th of October, at the Royal Monastery of Yuste. Regarding students, 90 percent of them hold higher education certificates, where the majority are art historians, lawyers, teachers and economists.

The course is included in the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation’s Campus Yuste programme and is directed by the university professor of Legal History and of the Institutions of the National University of Distance Education (UNED), Javier Alvarado Planas and by the Academic Member of the Royal Academy of History, Jaime de Salazar y Acha.

The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, or the Order of Malta, played a key role in the geopolitical configuration of present day Europe and in the international relations. It is thus worth studying the singularities of this Order during the period of Charles V.

Great Spanish masters of the Order during the period; the role Malta played in the Emperor’s foreign and military policy in the Mediterranean; the ritual of the annual tribute of the Maltese falcon demanded by Charles V; the investiture ceremony to join the Order; the iconography of the Maltese knights at the time of Charles V; the relationship between the Empire, the Papacy and Malta and Charles V’s Europeanist vocation and political and religious thinking, will be analysed.

All these topics will be dealt with by experts and professors form different Spanish universities, such as Javier Pizarro, History of Art professor at the University of Extremadura; Concepción Gómez Roán, full professor of Legal and Institutions’ History at the UNED; Carlos Nieto Sánchez, associate professor of Contemporary History at the Complutense University of Madrid, and María Bonet Donato, full professor of Medieval History at the Universitat Rovira I Vigili, among others.

The course counts with the collaboration of National Heritage and the Cooperation Network of European Routes of Emperor Charles V.