Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Order of the Garter

On this date in our family history . . . the 23rd day of April . . . in the year 1348 . . . the founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III of England is announced on St George's Day . . . this King Edward the father of Edward the Black Prince . . . as well as father of John of Gaunt . . . who is believed to be a 16th great-grandpa to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

The Gentleman's Magazine:

"THE ORDER OF THE GARTER NE of the very few stories or legends which do duty for English history with most of us is that of the foundation of the Order of the Garter by Edward III who took occasion from an unfortunate decheance of a certain Countess of Salisbury at a Court ball in 1348 to find both a name and a motto for his new order of knighthood Five hundred years have passed since then but this ancient Corporation has survived all manner of changes of dynasty of religion of manners and illustrates with unimpaired force the idea of nobility in its best and highest sense which is inseparable from a monarchical form of government As a singularly interesting and somewhat out of the way illustration of our natural English liking for antiquity and nobility we desire to present a slight sketch of the history of the Order of the Garter to"

Flags of the World, Past and Present
Their Story and Associations
By William John Gordon, Frederick Edward Hulme, W J Stokoe

"In 1245 on St George"

Memorials of the Order of the Garter,
from Its Foundation to the Present Time
Including the History of the Order;
Biographical Notices of the Knights
in the Reigns of Edward III. and Richard II.,
the Chronological Succession of the Members ...
By George Frederick Beltz

"ANNALS OF THE ORDEIl UNDER THE SOVEREIGNTY OF EDWARD III 1344 1348 The earliest allusion to the Order or its symbol which has hitherto been discovered occurs as we have observed in the Introduction in a record of expenses attending the preparations for certain tournaments or jousts which were held subsequently to the king"

Life of Edward the Black Prince
By Louise Creighton, Louise von Glehn Creighton

"Text not available"

"banquet was to be held on the day following a requiem was to be sung for the souls of the faithful deceased No knight of the Order was ever to pass near Windsor without coming to the chapel and there was to put on his mantle and hear mass Edward made a foundation at the chapel of thirteen secular canons and thirteen vicars and also of twenty six veteran knights who were to be maintained there and were to serve God continually in prayer The kings of England were to be perpetual sovereigns of the Order There were twenty five knights founders amongst whom was of course the Black Prince with his principal knights Chandos Sir James Audley and the Captale de Buche They were nearly all young men four of them were even under twenty and ten under thirty Edward III himself"


BeNotForgot said...

A related post you might enjoy reading is St. George's Day 2008.

BeNotForgot said...

You might also enjoy reading St. George's Day 2009 here at

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