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Gian Francesco Abela
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Giovanni Francesco Abela

Date of Birth: 1582

Place of Birth: Valetta, Malta

Date of Death: 4 May 1655

Place of Death: Valetta


Gian Francesco Abela was born in Valetta in 1582 into an aristocratic family. He studied in Portugal at a college of the Society of Jesus. In 1602, he became secretary to an embassy to Madrid, and then travelled to Italy, where he secured a doctorate in law at Bologna…

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Chesworth, John, “Gian Francesco Abela”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>

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