The History of the Most Noble Order of the Garter
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The History of the Most Noble Order of the Garter

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  • THE HISTORY Of the most NOBLE Order of the GARTER: And the several ORDERS of Knighthood extant in EUROPE.
  • TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS GEORGE-AUGUST, Prince of WALES, &c.
  • THE PREFACE
  • THE HISTORY OF THE Most Noble Order OF THE GARTER.
  • CAP. II. Of the Religious Orders of Knighthood in Christendom.
    • 1. The Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, are accounted the most Ancient.
    • 2. Knights Hospitallers of St. John Baptist in Jerusalem.
    • 3. Knights Templars.
    • 4. Knights of the Order of St. Lazarus.
    • 5. Knights of the Teutonick Order, or Prussia.
    • 6. Knights of Mount-Joy.
    • 7. Knights of St. John of Acon or Acres.
    • 8. Knights of St. Thomas.
    • 9. Knights of St. Blaze.
    • 10. Knights of the Martyrs in Palestine.
    • 11. Knights of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai.
    • 12. Knights of St. Anthony in Æthiopia.
    • 13. The Constantinian Angelick Knights of St. George in Greece, but now in Italy.
    • 14. Knights of St. James in Galicia or Sanctiago.
    • 15. Knights of St. Saviour in Arragon.
    • 16. Knights d’Avis in Portugal.
    • 17. Knights of St. Michael’s Wing in Portugal.
    • 18. Knights of St. Gereon.
    • 19. Knights of St. Julian de Pereyro, or of Alcantara.
    • 20. Knights of Trugillo or Truxillo in Spain.
    • 21. Knights of Calatrava.
    • 22. Order of the Holy Ghost at Rome.
    • 23. Knights of St. George d’Alfama.
    • 24. Knights of Christ in Livonia, or of the Sword-bearers.
    • 25. Knights of Jesus Christ in Italy or France.
    • 26. Knights of St. Mary de Merced. in Aragon.
    • 27. Knights of the Rosary in Toledo.
    • 28. Knights of St. Mary the Glorious, in Italy.
    • 29. Knights of St. James, in Portugal,
    • 30. Knights of our Lady, and of St. George of Montesa.
    • 31. Knights of Christ in Portugal.
    • 32. Knights of the Passion of Jesus Christ.
    • 33. The Order of the Brician Knights in Sweden.
    • 34. Knights of St. Maurice in Savoy.
    • 35. Knights of the Holy Ghost,
    • 36. Knights of St. George in Austria and Carinthia.
    • 37. Knights of St. George at Rome.
    • 38. Knights of St. Peter at Rome.
    • 39. Knights of St. Paul at Rome,
    • 40. Knights called Pios at Rome.
    • 41. Knights of St. Stephen at Florence.
    • 42. Knights of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus in Savoy.
    • 43. Knights of Loretto.
    • 44. Knights of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.
    • 45. Knights of the most Glorious Virgin Mary of Rome.
    • 46. Knights of the Annunciade, and St. Michael the Archangel in Mantua, or of the Christian Militia in Moravia.
  • CAP. III.
    • 1. Knights of the Round Table may, for Antiquity, challenge the first Place.
    • 2. Knights of the Oak in Navarre,
    • 3. The Order of the Gennet,
    • 4. The Order of the Crown-Flower,
    • 5. The Order of the Dog and Cock.
    • 6. The Order of St. Andrew, or the Thistle, in Scotland,
    • 7. Knights of our Lady of the Star,
    • 8. The Order of the Lilly in Navarre, or of St. Mary of the Lilly,
    • 9. The Order of the Sword in Cyprus,
    • 10. The Bear in Switzerland,
    • 11. The Broom-Flower in France,
    • 12. The Ship and Double Crescent in France.
    • 13. Knights of St. James in Holland.
    • 14. The Order of the Swan in Cleveland.
    • 15. The Knights of Jesus at Rome,
    • 16. The White Eagle in Poland,
    • 17. The Order of Knights de la Banda in Castile,
    • 18. The Order de la Calza,
    • 19. The Order of St. Mark in Venice,
    • 20. The Order of the Seraphims, or Seraphick Knights, otherwise sirnam’d of Jesus,
    • 21. The Order of the Sword and Military Belt in Sweden.
    • 22. The Order of the Knot in Naples.
    • 23. Knights of the Annunciade in Savoy.
    • 24. The Thistle in France,
    • 25. The Order of the Dove
    • 26. The Order of the Argonauts of St. Nicholas
    • 27. Knights of St. Anthony in Hainault.
    • 28. The Porcupine in France,
    • 29. The Order of the Lily or Lilies in Arragon or de la Jarra de S. Maria, of the Vessel of St. Mary,
    • 30. The Order of the Dragon overthrown in Hungary,
    • 31. The Equites Tusini in Bohemia, or else both in Bohemia and Austria.
    • 32. Ordo Disciplinarum,
    • 33. Orde de la Scama, in Castile,
    • 34. The Order of the Golden Fleece,
    • 35. The Order of St. George at Genoa,
    • 36. The Order of the Croissant, or Half-Moon in France,
    • 37. The Order of the Ermin in Britanny,
    • 38. The Order of the Ermin in Naples
    • 39. The Order of St. Michael in Naples,
    • 40. The Order of St. Michael in France.
    • 41. The Order of the Elephant in Denmark.
    • 42. The Order of the Burgundian Cross at Tunis,
    • 43. Knights of the Holy Ghost,
    • 44. The Order of The precious Blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ of Mantua,
    • 45. The Order of the Amaranta,
    • 46. The Order of the Black Eagle,
  • CAP. IV. Of the Castle, Chapel and College of Windsor, &c.
    • DEAN.
    • CANONS.
    • PETTY CANONS.
    • CLERKS.
    • CHOIRISTERS.
  • CAP. V.
  • CAP. VI. The Statutes and Annals of the Order.
  • CAP. VII. The Habit and Ensigns of the Order.
    • NAME.
    • MATERIALS.
  • CAP. VIII.
    • Of the ROBE.
    • Of the OATH.
  • CHAP. IX.
    • SECT. XI. The Presentation of it to the Sovereign.
    • The Sovereign’s Considerations upon the Qualifications of those to be elected.
  • CAP. X. The Investiture of a Knight-Subject with the Garter and George.
  • CAP. XI. Of Preparations for the Personal Installation of a Knight.
  • CAP. XII. The Personal Installation of a Knight-Subject.
    • The Offering in the Chappel, on the Eve of the Feast.
    • The Supper of the Eve.
    • The Order in proceeding to the Chapter-House.
    • The Ceremonies perform’d in the Chapter-House.
    • The proceeding into the Choir.
    • The Ceremonies of Installation.
    • The Order to be observed when two or more Knights are installed in one Day.
    • The Offering of Gold and Silver.
    • Of the grand Dinner at the Installation.
    • Of setting up the Knight’s Atchievements.
  • CAP. XIII. The Installation of a Knight-Subject by Proxy.
    • The Original Cause of making Proxies.
    • Letters of Procuration.
    • Qualifications of a Proxy.
    • Preparations for Installation.
    • Proceeding to the Chapter-House.
    • Transactions in the Chapter-House.
    • Proceeding to the Choir.
    • Ceremonies performed in the Choir.
    • The Grand Dinner.
  • CAP. XIV. The Signification of Election to Strangers.
    • Within what time, and in what manner, Certificate is made of their Election.
    • Of notice given of an Election, before sending the Habit.
    • Notice of Election sent with the Habit.
    • Certificates of Acceptation.
    • Of an Election not accepted.
  • CAP. XV. The Investiture of Strangers, with the Habit and Ensigns of the Order.
    • The Time for sending the Habit and Ensigns unlimitted.
    • Preparations made for the Legation.
    • The Ceremonies of Investiture.
    • Certificates of having receiv’d the Habits, and Ensigns of the Order.
  • CAP. XVI. The Installation of a Stranger by Proxy.
    • Touching the Choice and Nomination of a Proxy.
    • The Proctor’s Qualifications.
    • His Letters of Procuration.
    • Of the Proctor’s Reception.
    • The Preparations for Installation.
    • The Proctor’s Cavalcade to Windsor.
    • Supper after his Arrival there.
    • Of the Proceeding to the Chapter-House.
    • The Ceremonies perform’d therein.
    • Of the Proceeding to the Choir.
    • The Ceremonies of Installation.
    • The Proctor’s Offering.
    • The Dinner.
  • CAP. XVII. The Duties and Fees payable by the Knights-Companions at their Installations.
    • Touching the Fees due to the College of Windsor.
    • Fees due to the Register, Garter, Black-Rod, and Officers of Arms.
    • Fees belonging to other of the Sovereign’s Servants.
    • Fees payable for Strangers.
  • CAP. XVIII. Of the Grand Feast of the Order.
    • The Grand Feast appointed to be celebrated Annually on St. George’s Day.
    • The Anniversary of St. George fixed by the Church, to the twenty third of April.
    • St. George’s Day made Festum duplex.
    • The Place for celebrating the Grand Feast, assigned to Windsor-Castle.
    • St. George’s Day kept apart from the Grand Feast, and how then observed.
    • The Grand Feast neglected by King Edward VI.
    • Removed from Windsor by Queen Elizabeth.
    • Of Prorogation of the Grand Feast.
    • Of Commissions of Prorogation.
    • That the Grand Feast ought to be celebrated once a Year.
    • At a Chapter held at White-Hall, 2d February, 1640.
  • CAP. XIX. Of Preparations for the Grand Feast of the Order.
    • Of Letters giving Notice of the Time and Place.
    • Of Dispensations for not attending the Grand Feast.
    • Of Commissions of Lieutenancy.
    • Warrant for the Removal of Atchievements.
    • Escutcheons of Arms and Stiles.
    • Of Adorning the Chappel.
    • The Furnishing St. George’s Hall.
    • Officers and Servants appointed to attend the Grand Feast.
  • CAP. XX. The Order of the Ceremonies on the Eve of the Grand Feast.
    • Of the beginning of the Grand Feast.
    • Of setting the Proceeding in Order.
    • Of the Proceeding to the Chapter-House.
    • Of the opening of the Chapter.
    • Transactions in the Chapter held before the Vespers.
    • The Ceremonies relating to the first Vespers.
    • The Supper on the Eve.
  • CAP. XXI. The Order of the Ceremonies on the Feast Day.
    • The Proceeding to the Chappel in the Morning.
    • The Proceeding to the second Service.
    • Of the Grand Procession.
    • The Offering of Gold and Silver.
    • The Return to the Presence.
    • Of the Dinner on the Feast Day.
    • The Ceremonies belonging to the second Vespers.
    • Of the Supper on the Evening of the Feast Day.
  • CAP. XXII. The Ceremonies observed on the last Day of the Feast.
    • Of the Proceeding to the Choir.
    • Of the elect Knights proceeding into the Choir.
    • Of the Ceremonies performed at Divine Service.
  • CAP. XXIII. The Observation of the Grand Feast by absent Knights.
    • Absent Knights enjoined to observe the Grand Feast.
    • How it is to be observed in Case of Sickness.
    • In what manner the Feast hath been observ’d by absent Knights.
    • Dispensations for Absence granted during Life.
  • CAP. XXIV. The Degradation of a Knight-Companion.
  • CAP. XXV. Honours paid to deceased Knights-Companions.
    • Of fixing on the Stalls Plates of their Arms and Stiles.
    • The Offering of Atchievements.
    • Of depositing the deceased Knights Mantles in the Chapter-House.
  • CAP. XXVI. A List of the Founders, and Catalogue of their Successors, to the present time.
    • A Catalogue of the several Officers of this most Noble Order, to this Time.
  • APPENDIX. The Statutes of Institution of the most Noble Order of the Garter, as they were reform’d and explain’d by King Henry VIII.
  • THE CONTENTS.
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