This work is the first comprehensive survey of the history of the Order from its inception to the present day.
The authors concentrate on the foundation, statutes, records, procedures, ceremonies, personnel, robes and insignia of the Order rather than its political, sociological, biographical or art-historical aspects and they aim to provide the factual framework essential to scholars in these and other disciplines which impinge in any way on this country's senior order of chivalry. Intended to commemorate the 650th anniversary of the first Garter Feast on St George's Day, 23 April 1349, it contains a list of all those appointed to the Order between 1348 and 1998 and, as a valuable bonus, it lists all the Officers of the Order for the same period as well as shedding much new light on the origins and duties of their offices. Windsor Castle, the Chapel and the College of St George all receive careful attention as do the Military and Naval Knights of Windsor and the fate of those who transgressed against the high standards of conduct required by the statutes. The book breaks new ground in examining in some detail the personalities and skills of the individual artists and craftsmen who have been responsible for the production of the banners, crests and stall plates for St George's Chapel from the late Victorian era to the present day. Illustrated throughout in color and black and wihte, it includes a color section depicting some examples of the insignia of the Order. This is a work which will appeal to a far wider readership than those interested primarily in the orders of chivalry....Continua