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La Valette Preceptory and Priory No 649

Portrait of Jean Parisot de la Valette

Jean Parisot de la Valette

engraving by Laurent Cars

This Preceptory of Knights Templar and Priory of Knights of Malta is dedicated to the heroic spirit of Jean Parisot de Valette.

Jean Parisot de Valette was born in 1494 and died in Malta on 21st August 1568. He was born into a noble family in Quercy and joined the Order of the Knight of St. John in the Langue de Provence.

He is noted for fighting with distinction against the Turks at Rhodes and, as the Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of St. John, he became the Order's greatest hero and most illustrious leader.

He dedicated his life to protecting the Island of Malta and is celebrated for his bravery in successfully commanding the resistance against the Ottomans at the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, which was widely regarded as one the greatest sieges of all time. He became the Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller on 21st August 1557.