British Orders and Decorations

British Orders and Decorations

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This book introduces the insignia worn by members of British Orders of Knighthood and Chivalry. These Orders have existed since the early Middle Ages and were initially intended to unite important noblemen in bonds of loyalty to their monarch or to act as impressive rewards for their services. Over the course of time, appointments to Orders were made to distinguished persons for services rendered to the sovereign or to the state and they have survived into modern times as another means of rewarding people of all classes and occupations for their contribution at international, national or local levels. Some, like the 'Great Orders' of the Garter and the Thistle or the Order of Merit, remain the province of a very select few who have rendered service of signal importance, usually over a long period; others, like the Order of the British Empire, are made much more widely available and reward excellence or dedicated work in all spheres of life. There are those, like the Royal Family Orders or the Royal Victorian Order, which remain exclusively the prerogative of royalty or as rewards for special service to the royal family or sovereign. The insignia worn by the various ranks within the Orders are often of the highest quality and exquisite workmanship and, like campaign medals and decorations, have become a popular field for collecting and research.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 150 x 210 x 4mm | 136g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 0747805806
  • 9780747805809
  • 533,938

Table of contents

The origins of British Orders of Knighthood and Chivalry British Orders: general features Order of Precedence The 'Great Orders' Other British Orders The Royal Family Orders Other Orders and related awards Abbreviations Further reading Places to visit Indexshow more

About Peter Duckers

Peter Duckers has been a collector of British campaign and gallantry medals for thirty-five years and now speciaises in awards to the Indian Army. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society, a member of the Orders and Medals Research Society, the Military Historical Society and the Indian Military Historical Society. He is Curator of the Shropshire Regimental Museum in Shrewsbury Castle.show more