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Author Matikkala, Antti, 1979-

Title The orders of knighthood and the formation of the British honours system, 1660-1760 / Antti Matikkala.

Published Woodbridge ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  929.710941 MATI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 470 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 385-435) and index.
Contents I. The Ideas of the Honours -- II. Two Revivals, Two Foundations -- III. Patterns of Appointments - And Disappointments -- IV. The Dynastic and Diplomatic Role of the Orders -- V. The Administration, the Office-Holders and the Religious Aspects -- VI. The 'Symbolic Capital' of the Orders -- Appendices -- 1. The Knights of the Orders of the Garter, the Thistle and the Bath, 1660-1760 -- 2. The Knights of the Orders of the Garter and the Thistle appointed by the Jacobite claimants, 1689-1747 -- 3. The officers of the Orders of the Garter, the Thistle, and the Bath, 1660-1760.
Summary "This is the first comprehensive study to set the British orders of knighthood properly into the context of the honours system - by analysing their political, social and cultural functions from the Restoration of the monarchy to the end of George II's reign. It examines the revival of the Order of the Garter and the proposals to establish the Orders of the Royal Oak and the Esquires of the Martyred King at the Restoration, the foundation (1687) and the revival (1703-4) of the Order of the Thistle as well as the foundation of the Order of the Bath (1725). This book establishes just how central a part the orders played in the British high political life and its comprehensive and multidimensional approach carefully contrasts the idealistic discourse of virtue and honour to the real workings of the honours system; it also makes the case for the 'Chivalric Enlightenment'. The 'orders over the water', the Garter and the Thistle conferred by the Jacobite claimants, are discussed for the first time in the context of the established British honours system. The comparison between the socially very restricted British and the increasingly meritocratic Continental orders highlights the isolation of the British honours system from the European tendencies."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Orders of knighthood and chivalry -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Orders of knighthood and chivalry -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
ISBN 9781843834236 (hbk.)
1843834235 (hbk.)