Order of Merit, 1902-2002: One Hundred Years of Honour

Overview

The Order Of Merit 1902-2002 marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of this senior order of chivalry in the personal gift of the Queen and limited to 24 Ordinary Members, representing the highest distinction in a wide range of fields. This is both a study of the Order set in the context of British social and cultural history, and the current debate on the British honors system. It provides a full listing of members past and present with biographical details on each, including commentary on their positions ...

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Overview

The Order Of Merit 1902-2002 marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of this senior order of chivalry in the personal gift of the Queen and limited to 24 Ordinary Members, representing the highest distinction in a wide range of fields. This is both a study of the Order set in the context of British social and cultural history, and the current debate on the British honors system. It provides a full listing of members past and present with biographical details on each, including commentary on their positions and reputations. It also covers those who refused the Order and those who might have been considered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860648489
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 2.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Martin served in HM Diplomatic Service and is a distinguished writer and lecturer on the Diplomatic Service and Protocol. He is an Extra Gentleman Usher to the Queen and Protocol Consultant at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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Table of Contents

Nineteenth Century Without an Order of Merit
• Moves Towards the Order of Merit
• Establishment of the Order of Merit
• Development of the Order Over the Years
• The Original Members
• Divisions of Distinction
• The Military Men
• The Scientists
• The Artists
• The Musicians and Performers
• The Writers
• The Scholars
• The Men of Affairs
• The Humanitarians
• The Women
• The Honorary Members
• Statistics: Does OM Mean Old Man?
• The Links – Keeping it in the Family
• Those Who Turned it Down
• The Unappointed – Who Would Not Have Disagreed it
• How are they Remembered – If they are
• Rarely With the Jam Rations
• The Insignia – Where Have All the Medals Gone?
• Present Standing of the Order
• The Future
• Appx A: Letters Patent Establishing the Order
• Appx. B: Statutes of the Order
• Appx C: List of Members of the Order
• Appx. D: The Secretary and Registrar of the Order
• Appx. E: Speech in the House of Lords by Earl Stanhope – 1873
• Appx. F: Draft Statutes of the Proposed Order – 1888
• Appx. G: The German Order Pour le merite
• Appx. H: King Edward’s VII’s Medal for Science, Art and Music
• Appx. I: Glossary of Abbreviations

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