Tu r g u t 63 The Hajib: Now, I present the General Commander of this mission, Prince Don Juan de la Cerda. Prince Don Juan de la Cerda stands up and reads from a paper. Prince Don Juan de la Cerda: Tripoli was in the hands of the Christian Jerusalem Knights. In mid-August 1551, Sinan Pasha retrieved it and drove out the Jerusalem Knights from there. Since then, The Jerusalem Knights have been urging King Philip II of Spain to conquer it. King Philip has eventually agreed to do so. He has instructed that a Holy League consisting of sea and lamd forces be formed. He has appointed me Commander General of all the forces to occupy Tripoli. Jean de la Valette (blessing them): May the Lord bless you all.