29 November 2007
PAUL I -- KNIGHTS OF MALTA -- Konventsiia zakliuchennaia mezhdu Ego Velichestvom Imperatorom Vserossiiskim i Derzhavnym Ordenom Maltiiskim i Ego Preimushchestvom Gros-Meisterom. [Agreement concluded between His Highness the Emperor of All the Russias and holder of the Maltese Cross and His Excellency the Grand Master]. St. Petersburg: Imperial Press, 1798.
2° (310 x 213mm). (Occasional spotting, edges fraying slightly.) As issued with blue paper spine (light browning, spine chipped). Provenance: Paul M. Fekula.
PAUL'S ATTEMPT TO INTRODUCE THE RULES AND ORGANISATIONS OF THE KNIGHTS HOSPITALLER INTO RUSSIA. In 1798, Napoleon's invasion of Malta led to the flight of the Knights of the Order of St. John. Many found refuge in St. Petersburg, where Paul I seized on their influence as a way of tackling the corruption and dissipation that he saw in Russian court life. Paul himself became Grand Master of the Order on the resignation of Ferdinand von Hompesch, and established a Russian Grand Priory, discussed in several of these documents, which came to provide the vast majority of the Order's funding in the next decade. [With:] Four other decrees on various aspects of the same subject.
[And:] Four others decrees issued throughout Paul's reign, including one decree on the correct procedure for the mourning of his parents; Paul famously had his father Peter, who was murdered in 1762, exhumed and placed on the throne in order to succeed him rather than his mother Catherine. Also includes a decree on the affairs of France and Spain following the Revolution. Fekula 2125 and 2126 (these copies); SK 3085; Sopikov 5738.
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