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[1].

The Order existed only for a short period. The private association of same name is self-styled order, established 2001.


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  1. ^ '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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