Books pre­sented to all sec­ondary schools in Malta

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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