Successful book launch: The Island of Malta and the Order of St. John
A well attended book launch for The Island of Malta and the Order of St. John by Grigory Krayevsky was held at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture at 36 Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta on 7 December 2018 at 18.30.
The book is a translation into English of an account in Russian, with mapq, of a visit to Malta by a Russian Nobleman and Diplomat Count Skavonsky in 1785 (actually published in St. Petersburg in 1800 when Paul I became Grand Master of the Order of St. John.)
A welcome and introduction was given by the Russian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Malygin who spoke of the many historical connections between Malta and Russia, followed by Joseph Schiro, Hon Secretary of the Malta Map Society, who edited the book and brought it to publication, Elena Yasnetskaya, translator, who worked on the book for two years, and Prof Dr. William Zammit, historian from the Malta University,who spoke of how important the translation of the book had been in establishing some fascinating facts about Malta's history and how the book will be stimulating further research.
By David Roderick Lyon