FYI August 29, 2022

On This Day

870 – The city of Melite surrenders to an Aghlabid army following a siege, putting an end to Byzantine Malta.[1]
The siege of Melite was the capture of the Byzantine city of Melite (modern Mdina, Malta) by an invading Aghlabid army in 870 AD. The siege was initially led by Halaf al-Hādim, a renowned engineer, but he was killed and replaced by Sawāda Ibn Muḥammad. The city withstood the siege for some weeks or months, but it ultimately fell to the invaders, and its inhabitants were massacred and the city was sacked.


Born On This Day

1597 – Henry Gage, Royalist officer in the English Civil War (d. 1645)
Sir Henry Gage (29 August 1597 – 11 January 1645) was a Royalist officer in the English Civil War.[1]

Early life

Gage was born at Haling, in Surrey, the son of John Gage and Margaret Copley. The family were Catholic[2] and long intermarried with other prominent Catholic families, including that of Sir Thomas More, the former Lord Chancellor.

At the age of twelve Henry was sent abroad for a Catholic education at the English Jesuit College in St Omer, where he was a student from 1609 to 1614.[3] After spending three years at the English College, Rome,[4] from 1615 to 1618, Gage decided the priesthood was not for him. At the age of 22 he became a professional soldier in the Army of Flanders.
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