Claude de la Sengle
|Claude de la Sengle|
|Grand Master of the Order of Saint John|
11 September 1553 – 18 August 1557
|Monarch||King Charles II
King Philip I
|Preceded by||Juan de Homedes y Coscon|
|Succeeded by||Jean Parisot de Valette|
|Died||18 August 1557
|Allegiance||Order of Saint John|
A native Frenchman, de la Sengle, then Bailli of the French tongue of the Order, was heavily involved in the battles of the Knights against the Turkish corsair and Ottoman admiral Turgut Reis in the Mediterranean and in North Africa, and particularly in the struggles for Djerba and Tripoli.
De la Sengle had considerable impact on the military strengthening of Malta, notably by initiating in 1554 the development of the city of Senglea, which was later named after him and bears his coat of arms. He also expanded Fort Saint Michael into a major bastion and completed Fort Saint Elmo, which had been begun by his predecessor, Grand Master Juan de Homedes y Coscon.
Juan de Homedes y Coscon
|Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller
Jean Parisot de Valette