Order of Saint George (Kingdom of Hungary)
- Order of Saint George (Kingdom of Hungary)
Statutes of the Order with Order´s seal with St. George slaying the dragon
The Order of Saint George (Hungarian: Szent György-lovagrend, Latin: Societas militae Sancti Georgii) was the first secular chivalric order in the world established by King Charles I of Hungary in 1326.
The Order was awarded to only 50 knights, and the admission of a new member required the unanimous vote of the former members. New members had to swear fidelity to the monarch. The members wore a hooded black cloak with a Latin inscription In veritatate iustus sum huic fraternali societati. Symbol of the Order was St. George slaying Dragon, as can be seen on seal attached to the Statutes.
The Order existed only for a short period. The private association of same name is self-styled order, established 2001.
- Fügedi, Erik: Ispánok, bárók, kiskirályok (Counts, Barons and Petty Kings); Magvető Könyvkiadó, 1986, Budapest; ISBN 963 14 0582 6.
- Kristó, Gyula (editor): Korai Magyar Történeti Lexikon - 9-14. század (Encyclopedia of the Early Hungarian History - 9-14th centuries); Akadémiai Kiadó, 1994, Budapest; ISBN 963 05 6722 9.
- ^ 'Arcy Jonathan Dacre Boulton: The knights of the crown. The monarchical orders of knighthood in later medieval Europe, 1325–1520, Boydell Press 2000, p. 39
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