Friday, May 4, 2012

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Order of the Garter

Historical stories with multiple versions and incongruous sources have always fascinated me. The foundation of the Order of the Garter is one of those stories full of confusion and contradiction. Today I have a blog post up at English Historical Fiction Authors that tries to make sense of it all:
“Honi soit qui mal y pense – Shamed be the one who thinks evil of it.” So reads the motto of the famous Order of the Garter, a society of knights established by Edward III, the English king who began the Hundred Years’ War with France. But what does the motto refer to and why did Edward choose it? That question is just one of the many surrounding the foundation of the Garter Order.... (read more)

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