The Order of Merit: One Hundred Years of Matchless Honour
The Order Of Merit 1902-2002 marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of this senior order of chivalry in the personal gift of the Queen and limited to 24 Ordinary Members, representing the highest distinction in a wide range of fields. This is both a study of the Order set in the context of British social and cultural history, and the current debate on the British honors system. It provides a full listing of members past and present with biographical details on each, including commentary on their positions and reputations. It also covers those who refused the Order and those who might have been considered.
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