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Recently I have joined the Order St. George Medal and became the first and the only women to have that honor.

In the description of the Order, there is no doubt of his ancient history and prestige.

The St. George Medal – A European Order of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine “Order of the Ancient nobility”

The origins of today’s St. George’s Order, a European Order of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, go back to the year 1308th

Emperor Henry VII. Founded the “Order of the old nobility” (or later “Medal of four Roman Emperors”), which can be regarded as the predecessor of today’s Order.

Inspired by the glory and the power of the Order of Knights of the Holy Land created the secular rulers in Europe modeled on the Order of Knights of the Crusades own knightly communities.

Already in 1408, Emperor Sigismund alongside the existing “Order of the Ancient nobility” to complement the “Dragon Medal”.

Among the 24 members were the King, the Queen and other 22 Teutonic Knights.

Members included the Habsburg, Duke Ernst “The Iron” of Austria, and King Albert II., Grand Duke Witold of Lithuania, Marsiglio Carrara, pretender of the House of Padua, the minstrel Oswald von Wolkenstein, Hervojar, pretender to the Bosnian throne and later Duke of Split, the Voiwode Vlad Dracul and Prince Stefan Lazarewitsch of Serbia.

The Order saw itself as Bratungsgremium and government instrument of Kaiser.

The recording was a special privilege and a great honor.

St. George Medal and the House of Habsburg

A document from 1692 reports that the Emperor Frederick III. (* 1415 † 1493) erected St. George Medal, which was confirmed in 1469 by Pope Paul II., The Venetian Pietro Barbo, already can look back on a long and rich history, which runs parallel to that of Erzhauses.

The historian, Abbot Justinianus (Bernardo Giustiniani), reported in detail in his 1692 published in Venice work history Cronologiche dell ‘Origine degl’ Ordini Militari e di tutte le Religioni Cavalleresche ( “Chronological history of military medals and all spiritual Knights brotherhoods”) and leads this order on King Rudolf I, the first Habsburg on the German throne, back, is said to have built already in 1273 in his election as German king, a St. George’s knighthood.

It is believed that the St. George Order of Emperor Frederick III. in conjunction with another predecessor Medal, founded in Sopron 1409 “Austrian Dragon Society”, was which was in turn connected directly to the Dragon Order by the Hungarian king and emperor Sigismund.

The Grand Master dignity of the Order of St. George and founded in the wake of Emperor Maximilian I. St. George Knight Brotherhood has remained to the present day when Erzhause Habsburg-Lothringen.

Empress Maria Theresa in 1765 to have adopted a new religious statutes.

Emperor Franz Joseph I confirmed in 1848 the priory of St. George Order in Austria; in 1849 another new Medal Statute should be adopted.

1917 came by Emperor Charles I for a confirmation of the Order, as hinkünftig purely secular Knights.

After the First World War in the wake of political upheavals a completely new situation arose in all branches of the Order.

Emperor Karl I gave on 11 November 1918, the affairs of state, but without formally abdicate.

Bishop Alois Hudal, the provisional spiritual Prior of St. George’s Equestrian Order and Rector of Collegio Teutonico di Santa Maria dell ‘Anima to Rome, drew up a ten-page memorandum on the historical development and the current status of the Order, with particular attention to the new political situation ,

In it he assumes, among other things with respect to the general importance of the Habsburgs for the Order as well as the In 1917 confirmation of the Order by Emperor Karl I as a secular Knights.

Furthermore it is argued that Emperor Karl I, the disposal of various orders of chivalry as the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Knights of St George Medal reserved.

After the death of Emperor Charles I. the title of the rightful Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary went etc. over to his eldest son, Archduke Otto.

In the dynastic succession and the Protectorate of St. George Order went to Archduke Otto and now to his son Archduke Karl, as head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, over.