Nick Upton's Memorial

"The Turks were running away. ...
          Hearts thudding; parched with excitement, with heat, with relief, the knights followed. Not so fast that they overtook the main body of Ottomans, but fast enought to separate and squash each small company of stragglers, to gnaw at the slippered heels of the army until it slid into the sea.
          They had only begun this work when Nick Upton, visible only as shining red skin between the steel and steel of his helmet, gave a violent gasp and let all his plated bulk slither sideways, so that his horse stumbled and stopped. ...
          Sir Nicholas Upton of England died later that evening, in the white curtained bed in the hospital, his faced turned to the doors of the Chapel of the Most Holy Saint."

The Disorderly Knights, Part Two, Chapter Three
Sir Nicholas Upton, Turcopilier and Governor of this City fell in action during the attempted capture of Malta by Dragut in 1551 and was buried in St Lawrence's Church

This is the plaque dedicated to Nick Upton. Nick Upton was one of only a handful of knights left in the English langue in 1551. Most of the others left after England's break with Rome in the 1530s.

By the time of the Great Siege of 1565 there was only one English knight left, and he was the secretary to Juan de Vallette, the Grand Master, and left a very detailed account of the siege.

Updated 09 Jul 2001.
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