Order’s

Definition/Summary:

  • Loosely based on societies and fellowships of knights who follow a common mission, but were established by monarchs or governments with the specific purpose of bestowing honours on deserving individuals.
  • In monarchies, new orders retain some outward forms from the medieval orders of chivalry (such as rituals and structure) but were in essence orders of merit
  • Mainly distinguished members are entitled to a title of nobility

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