Books presented to all secondary schools in Malta
On Friday, 23 September, Joseph Borg (Genealogist), author of Documents on Għar ilKbir, Malta 1588-1733, together with his friend Mark Vella, was invited at the Central Public Library to present his donation of books for all State secondary schools in Malta.
The donation was presented to David Muscat (CEO - National Literacy Agency) through the support of Malta Libraries CEO Cheryl Falzon.
Documents on Għar il-Kbir, Malta 1588-1733 was published in 2013. This study illustrates eighteen Latin documents, falling in the period from 1588 (Doc. 1) till 1733 (Doc. 18), which have been transcribed, translated and commented upon.
These documents are only a sample of a larger number that have been collected by Mr Borg, and do not show, by any means, an exhaustive picture of the Great Cave. But they certainly reflect a lot on a habitation of a century and a half.
These documents are notarial deeds of couples going into marriage, promising and declaring what goods they were bringing into the marriage.
The very fact that the inhabitants of the Great Cave went to a notary before marriage shows how these people were not completely cut off from the legal and religious practices of the rest of the island.
These documents refer to who represented whom in the notarial deeds; what fields or other goods, including clothes and animals, were being pledged, and what conditions were imposed should the marriage have failed.