Simon Mercieca

Simon Mercieca
University of Malta · Department of History

Doctor of Philosophy


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Publications (9)
In this study, a unique dataset of a scanned seventeenth-century manuscript is presented which up to now has never been read or analysed. The aim of this research is to be able to transcribe this dataset into machine readable text. The approach used in this study is able to convert the document image without any prior knowledge of the text. In fact...
Seafaring has always tended to be a cosmopolitan pursuit and both merchant and naval vessels in the Early Modern Period have typically been manned by crews made up of different nationalities. This was particularly so in the Mediterranean. Starting from the mid-sixteenth century and as a consequence of its new role as the Hapsburg Empire's southern...
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In this paper, I explore the epistemological similarities between two texts. The first one is Homer's Iliad. The second one is Francesco Balbi da Coreggio's chronicle of the Great Siege of Malta 1565. The way how Balbi wrote the chronicle of the Ottoman siege against Malta and his description of the Ottoman's warfare are influenced from the reading...
This paper analyses marriage a sa means by which strangers were accepted within the family. The primary sources consulted are works generally written by post-Tridentine Jesuit theologians. In medieval times, marriage represented a tellurian union whose primary objective was the procreation of offspring. A set of consanguinity regulations and been d...


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The purpose of the Action is to provide a transnational and interdisciplinary approach capable of overcoming the segmentation that currently characterizes the study of relations between Christianity and Islam in late medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean. Over the last thirty years, some separate geographic and academic areas have been defined in this research field: the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Central Europe and the Balkans, and Greece and the different islands of the Mediterranean. These different geographical areas have been analysed in isolation and have been further disjointed in a scientific context defined by the separation of disciplines and chronologies. The intention of the Action is to mitigate this academic distortion by creating a common space for scientific exchange and reflection. This space will involve institutions from 26 different European and Mediterranean countries as well as 59 senior and junior researchers coming from different disciplines (history, history of art, philology, anthropology, social sciences, history of the science, politics, etc.). The creation of this network will help to provide a comprehensive understanding of past relations between Christianity and Islam in the European context through the addressing of three main research problems: otherness, migration and borders. Beyond the strictly academic realm, the Action also aims to revive diversity and Euro-Mediterranean relations in education, at a moment when Europe is at a cultural and political crossroads.
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