The History of the Most Noble Order of the Garter
The History of the Most Noble Order of the Garter
THE HISTORY Of the most NOBLE Order of the GARTER: And the several ORDERS of Knighthood extant in EUROPE.
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.
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.
CAP. VI. The Statutes and Annals of the Order.
CAP. VII. The Habit and Ensigns of the Order.
Of the ROBE.
Of the OATH.
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.
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