Claude de la Sengle

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Claude de la Sengle
SMOM 48. GM Claude de la Sengle.jpg
Grand Master of the Order of Saint John
In office
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
Personal details
Born 1494
France
Died 18 August 1557
Mdina, Malta
Resting place Valletta
Nationality French
Military service
Allegiance Sovereign Military Order of Malta Order of Saint John

Fra' Claude de la Sengle (1494 – 18 August 1557) was the 48th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, from 1553 his death. His successor was Fra' Jean Parisot de Valette.

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.

De la Sengle died at Mdina on 18 August 1557 and was buried in the chapel of Fort St. Angelo. His heart was buried in the Church of the Annunciation, outside Rabat on Malta.

Preceded by
Juan de Homedes y Coscon
Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller
1553–1557
Succeeded by
Jean Parisot de Valette

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