Chivalry

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The chivalric activities of The Augustan Society, Inc., are largely conducted by the Chivalry Committee. This consists of a Chairman appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the President, and such committee members as said Chairman may appoint, subject to the Policy on Committee Membership.


Chivalry Committee

Under a chairman named by the President, members with knowledge in this field serve primarily as advisers to the Board. Their particular duties include making recommendations on the Recognized Orders of Chivalry (and similar organizations), and on recognition of individuals' membership and rank in those organizations. They also assist the Assistant Webmaster for ENS in maintaining the list of commonly used postnominals.


Petition for Recognition of an Order (of Chivalry or Organization of a Chivalric Nature)

Those wishing the Society to recognize their Order or organization may petition for such membership. There is a charge for such reviews. They may also be instigated by the Chivalry Committee in moto propicio.


Recognition of Membership & Rank in Orders of Chivalry

Augustan Society Members who are members of a Recognized Order of Chivalry may file a petition for the Society to recognize their rank and membership, which will permit the Society's use of the appropriate postnominals and other honorifics. There is a charge for such reviews.


Recognition of Promotion of Rank in Orders of Chivalry

Augustan Society Members who have been recognized as havign Membership and Rank in an Order of Chivalry may request an update to their rank upon application to Headquarters. Headquarters Staff, in consultation with the Chivalry Committee Chairman may grant recognition of such promotions without petition, fee, or certificate. An amended certificate of recognition will be created upon request and payment of the Certificate Fee.


Recognition of Academic Degrees and Fellowships

Augustan Society Members who hold academic degrees or fellowships in learned societies may petition for the Society to recognize their achievements, which will permit the Society's use of the appropriate postnominals and other honorifics. There is no charge for such reviews, which are conducted by Headquarters Staff, though they may call on various departments for support as felt needed.


List of Postnominals Used

This list, maintained by the Assistant Webmaster for ENS in consultation with the Chivalry Committee and others, shows postnominals that have been used by the Society at some point. They include many ranks in Recognized Orders of Chivalry, and many other postnominals including honorific, chivalric, academic, religious, professional, fellowship, and military honors. It is not suggested that this is a complete listing of such, only those the Society has found it has need of. Neither does inclusion in this list suggest that these postnominals or the Orders associated with them are presently recognized by the Society.


The Noble Company of the Rose

Under a Magister Rosae elected by its members and a council appointed by him, this subsidiary of Society is an international confraternity of knights and dames (plus a few esquires) dedicated to cordial relations between the Orders, and to maintenance of a chapel at Society Headquarters (at those times when a public Headquarters exists). The Noble Company is not an order of chivalry, nor should any claim to such be countenanced.


Communications

The Society (and groups closely affiliated with it) has published extensively on chivalry, including the publications:

  • Chivalry, thirteen issues, 1974–2001
  • A Guide to Orders of Chivalry, presently withheld from sale pending a badly needed update.
  • A Bibliographic Guide: The Order of the Temple, Patricia Hartwell, 1985
  • A Bibliographic Guide: The Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazurus of Jerusalem and The Order of Sts. Maurice & Lazarus, Patricia Hartwell, 1985
  • ICI Members' Newsletter, 32 issues, 1988–1997
  • Many articles in The Augustan Omnibus and its predecessors, some of which have been gathered together by topic into Reprints.


Links to other web sites

A list of links to a variety of other sources of information on the web is maintained by the Assistant Webmaster for ENS. Suggestions for additional links are welcomed. Links to the official web sites of many Orders of Chivalry may also be found on the list of Recognized Orders of Chivalry (and Organizations of a Chivalric Nature).