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July 23, 2017

ESP, MAGIC and ROMEGAS

Filed under: Uncategorized — Conservative @ 7:58 pm

Read through ROMEGAS by Carmel Testa and found that the 1500s were terrible years to be alive and maybe enslaved in either one of Suleiman the Magnificent’s vessels or else if muslim at the oars of Emperor Charles the Fifth’s galleys. The non-fiction and historic biography describes in certain detail nowadays little mentioned sea and land battles which took place in the South of the Mediterranean particularly in Algeria, Lbya and Tunisia. Much insight is given into Barbarossa’s rise to power as King of Algiers and Tunisia and eventually also the Admiral of the Ottoman Navy. His first step being his retribution and vengeance against a few co-nationals who had abused his brother whilst selling their father’s pots from a boat somehwere in the Greek Isles. More incredibly Testa describes Dragut’s (or Torghoud Reis) first few steps in the ascent of power as a barbary pleasure boy who seemed to have relished every moment of his evil pleasuring boyhood at the hands of Barbarossa. Finally, following a lengthy background introduction we finally get to read on Romegas (Fra Mathurin de Lescaut Romegas) and the intrepid, daring (yet quarelsome) Hospitallier Knights who swore pledges never to cease chasing away the infidel be they Moslems or Protestant Heugenots. The Knights made three important vows; poverty, celibacy and obedience to the Grand Master and ultimately to Papal Rome. To some degree good knights there must have been who till the very end kept such vows however we all are aware of the frailties and weaknesses of the human nature. Romegas himself fathered six children and a certain Bolognese knight kept permanent concubines and most if not all loved their jewels. Romegas had an outstanding career as a sailor / soldier and in his fifties died ‘heartbroken’ in Rome as he was chosen as the head of a rebellion and final imprisonment of the Grand Master Le Cassier; Le Cassier’s seeming mistake was to defend celibacy. Seeing the iniquity caused by the pleasures of the flesh within his Order’s ranks the Grand Master ordered all the prostitutes of the new City Valletta to be sent away (both local and foreign) from the Island. This brought him mutiny and following the rebellion both Romegas and Le Cassier were summoned to Rome, both eventually died there. The King of France and all Europe including Rome sided in this last matter with Le Cassier.
Well above I described sparingly this work or biography on Romegas however out of the many striking details and anecdotes and historical events I tended to query any possible parallelisms with our modern world particularly with witchcraft. Modern witches claim to have power over the very elements of nature, that is on the weather. Rubbish and hogwash for some but not for those who practise this devil or spirit worship, nowadays rituals in the more permissive parts of the world are to put it quite simply ‘public’. Testa describes certain weather patters which time and again destroyed the Order’s ships or fleet. And such storms were described in those days as ‘freak weather storms’.
The following is a short list:
24th October 1541 in Algeria – terrible storms wrecked the greater part of the Christian fleet…
12th October 1566? – south-west tempests threw the Catarinetta onto the coast…
7pm 23rd September 1555 – A hurricane, a water spout and a tidal wave swept over the Grand Harbour destroying houses, wrenching the Order’s banner from atop Fort St Angelo from its base and capsizing four galleys of the Order which overturned. Romegas was on one of these and survived.
10th February 1560 at Djerba “…bad luck dogged them the whole time … freak storms wrecked some galleys … ”
Well I superficially made a quick google search and found that possibly the Ottoman Empire or certain personas there might have used witchcraft as a weapon of war against their enemies. I would not comment on its effectiveness or whether the weather ‘freak’ storms were simply a coincidence however in 1656 in Czestochowa Poland the invading Swedes used witchcraft against the Fort of Our Lady and this is documented extensively.

Here following are listed some sources and references providing insight into what we might refer today as ESP (if atheist) or blatant witchcraft if one is a believer in the existance of the primordial spirits. The sources deal with the Ukrainian / Polish wife (a moslem convert) of the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and on the culture of the day in Turkey.
The Imperial Harem
https://books.google.com.mt/books?id=L6-VRgVzRcUC&pg=PA63&lpg=PA63&dq=hurrem+magic&source=bl&ots=ejdA1QdS8e&sig=X2bLcypvqGIcZMd-tLH2T4tSHVQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi7g63u45_VAhUBFhQKHa2KBhMQ6AEISTAI#v=onepage&q=hurrem%20magic&f=false
Roxolana in European Literature Histroy and Culture
https://books.google.com.mt/books?id=E9DsCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT28&lpg=PT28&dq=hurrem+magic&source=bl&ots=21-oA2gL43&sig=2t1f62Lp45VTUoVydFX4HvmMneY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi7g63u45_VAhUBFhQKHa2KBhMQ6AEIQTAG#v=onepage&q=hurrem%20magic&f=false
Roxolana in European History and Literature
http://www.nssa.us/journals/2009-32-1/2009-32-1-22.htm
Muslim magic – Islam has always dabbled in the occult
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/10/muslim-magic-islam-has-always-dabbled-in-the-occult/

Fra Mathurin de Lescaut Romegas’s CURRICULUM VITAE

1546: 18 years old: Ordained FRA and took the vows of clibacy, poverty and obedience.

1547: Captured 1 brigantine.
55 prisoners, 60 freed.

1548: Captured 4 caramousals.
330 prisoners, + 1 village.

1548: Captured 2 vessels.
470 prisoners.

1551: Romegas becomes a Lieutenet. Captured: 2 caramousals, 2 vessels, 1 garbo.
272 prisoners, 1 ruby, i emerald.

1551: Captured: 2 brigantines, 2 galleottes and another vessel.
150 prisoners, 100 freed.

1553: From now onwards Romegas is Captain or in charge. Captured: 2 large vessels.
200 prisoners.

1554: Captured: 2 large vessels.
120 prisoners.

1555: Captured: 1 ship, 1 burnt sunk vessel, 1 treasurer belonging to Dragut, 3 garbi, 1 caramousal, 1 galleotte, 1 other galleotte.
85+70+110 prisoners, 140 freed.

1555: Romegas overturns in freak storm and together with pet monkey is saved. 5000 people lose their lives.

1556: Captured; 1 village, 1 caramousal, 1 galleotte.
250+70+22+130+80 prisoners.

1557: 1 vessel carrying a cargo of soap, 2 caramousali, 1 sunk galleon.
22+8+400 prisoners + soap.

1558: 1 burnt ship.
70 prisoners.

1559: Captured: 3 caramousali, 1 ship.
200 prisoners.

1560: 2 saette, 2 garbi, 1 village.
70 + 80 prisoners.

1561: 1 great galleon,
100 + 24 bronze cannon.

1565: Captain of the body-guard of Grand Master Valette consisting of 220 persons only 17 survived the siege.

1566: Captured: 2 galleottes, 1 nephew of Dragut, 1 brigantine.
80 + 25 prisoners.

1567: 1 galleotte, 1 caramousal, 1 failed sacked fortress.
60 + 130 prisoners, 70 freed.

1568: Captured: 2 galleottes, 1 saeta, 2 garbos.
21 + 17 + 140 prisoners, freed a few.

1569: Captured: 2 brigantines, 1 other brigantine, 1 saeta, was wounded on land 2 times by arquebus and fire and 17 times with arrows and survived.
50 + 10 prisoners.

Lepanto served on the Papal galleys and after was given 2 vessels to defend the Roman shore.

Fought in France against the Hugenots and was given 2 Venetian vessels to fight in a battle near Corfu whilst the Holy League lasted.

Defended the Maltese Islands once again against Ulugh Ali.

Was appointed Prior of Ireland.

Elected Grand Commander and Prior of Toulouse and served as Captain-General of the Galleys.

Commanded the Napolitan Galleys in an expedition.

1570s: Captured: 1 ship, 1 moana, 2 caramousals, 1 galleotte, and lots of cargo including linen, rice, oil, materials of war, leather, etc etc.

1581: Head of rebellion (elected by council to be their head and representative) vs Grand Master Le cassier.

1581: Dies in Rome.

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