Chivalric Orders

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A Chivalric Order is an institution open only to knights. The earliest of these were the military monastic orders, brought about for the crusades. Two examples of these are the Knights Templar and the Order of St. John.

Post Crusade Orders

After the crusading era a new sort of Chivalric Order appeared. 1348 saw the founding of the Order of the Garter by Edward III, an exclusive order with just 25 knights at any one time.

Foundation Order Realm
1348 Garter England
1351 Star France
1381 Ship Naples
1413 Dragon Holy Roman Empire
1430 Golden Fleece Burgundy
1444 Swan Brandenburg
1448 Crescent Anjou
1465 Ermine Naples
1469 St.Michael France
1578 Holy Ghost France