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Jean Parisot de Valette
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Grand Master of the Order of Saint John
In office
21 August 1557 – 21 August 1568
Monarch King Philip I
Preceded by Claude de la Sengle
Succeeded by Pierre de Monte
Governor of Tripoli
In office
1546–1549
Appointed by Juan de Homedes y Coscon
Preceded by Cristofano de Solís Farfan
Succeeded by Pedro Nuñez de Herrera
Personal details
Born 4 February 1495
Parisot, Rouergue, France
Died 21 August 1568 (1568-08-22) (aged 73)
Malta
Resting place St. John's Co-Cathedral (originally buried at the Church of Our Lady of Victories)
Nationality French
Domestic partner Catherine Grecque and other mistresses
Children Barthélemy de Valette
Isabella Guasconi
possibly other illegitimate children
Military service
Allegiance Sovereign Military Order of Malta Order of Saint John
Years of service 1514–1568
Rank Captain General of the Galleys (1554–1557)
Grand Master (1557–1568)
Battles/wars Siege of Rhodes
Great Siege of Malta

Fra' Jean "Parisot" de la Valette (4 February 1495[?] – 21 August 1568) was a French nobleman and 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, from 21 August 1557 to his death in 1568. As a Knight Hospitaller, joining the order in the Langue de Provence, he fought with distinction against the Turks at Rhodes. As Grand Master, Valette became the Order's hero and most illustrious leader, commanding the resistance against the Ottomans at the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, sometimes regarded as one of the greatest sieges of all time.

The foundation stone of Valletta was laid by Grandmaster La Valette in 1566. He did not live to see Valletta completed, as he died in 1568 and was succeeded by Grandmaster Pierre de Monte.

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