Royal Insignia: Orders of Chivalry from the Royal Collection

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Kings, Queens, Emperors, Princes and Republics have from Biblical times rewarded their citizens and foreign friends with tokens of gratitude. Since the Crusades these have gradually developed into an institutionalized form of knighthood, which bound subjects to their rulers and cemented alliances. From the 14th century these awards have been associated with insignia. Collars, badges, stars and, uniquely in England, a garter became symbols of an Order. Made of gold and silver, enamelled and in some cases ornately ...
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Overview

Kings, Queens, Emperors, Princes and Republics have from Biblical times rewarded their citizens and foreign friends with tokens of gratitude. Since the Crusades these have gradually developed into an institutionalized form of knighthood, which bound subjects to their rulers and cemented alliances. From the 14th century these awards have been associated with insignia. Collars, badges, stars and, uniquely in England, a garter became symbols of an Order. Made of gold and silver, enamelled and in some cases ornately encrusted with precious stones, the pieces have been a foil for the jeweller's art. The British Royal Collection has the most extensive holdings of insignia in the world - not only the wide array of British orders but also the foreign orders of royal relatives, friends and diplomatic allies. Orders from over thirty countries are here represented and discussed. Each one has been specially photographed in colour for this book and all are shown full size. Most pieces date from the 18th and 19th centuries, earlier pieces having been broken up as fashions changed and the need for the stones for other jewellery dictated. Stephen Patterson also shows how the practices of giving orders, with their roots in Christian chivalry, could be adopted by the non-Christian monarchies of Africa and Asia as well as the new monarchies of the Americas, particularly Brazil and Hawaii.
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From the 14th century, royalty have rewarded citizens and foreign friends with tokens of gratitude<-->collars, badges, stars<-->made of gold and silver, enameled, encrusted with precious stones. Covering the British Royal Collection's holdings of international orders, this volume contains commissioned photos of items (never before published) accompanied by descriptive and historical text, as well as comparative paintings and photos showing the pieces being worn and the ceremonies surrounding their bestowal. Distributed by U. of Washington Press. 9x12<"> Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781858940250
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 216

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Foreword 7
Introduction 8
France 16
Low Countries 22
Italy and Malta 28
Scandinavia 34
Spain 42
Portugal 52
Russia 60
Germany, Prussia, Austria, Saxe-Coburg and Other States 70
Great Britain: The Garter 86
Great Britain: The Thistle 106
Great Britain: The St Patrick 110
Great Britain: The Most Honourable Order of the Bath 114
Great Britain: The Indian Orders 118
Great Britain: The Victorian Order and Chain 124
Great Britain: Other Orders 126
Great Britain: Royal Family Orders 131
Great Britain: Queen Victoria's Insignia 144
The Commonwealth 150
The Balkans 156
The Near East 166
Africa 174
The Far East 180
The Americas 188
Provenances 198
Orders Held by Members of the British Royal Family 205
List of Makers 207
Select Bibliography 208
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