The Order of St Michael and St George
Third Millennium for the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, 2000 - History - 424 pages
"Perhaps the most remarkable circumstance... is that it should have been created for so limited a purpose as that of rewarding the natives of a little state, not even belonging to Great Britain."When Sir Harris Nicolas wrote that assessment of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1842, he was looking from his office in London towards a group of Mediterranean islands, to a small Order of forty-five knights, and conjectured that it could have a much greater role than "so limited a purpose." Since its foundation in 1818, the Order has moved through several phases.This beautifully produced book is the definitive history and standard work of reference of an Order which deserves to be better known. ************
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