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Re: A Question of Royalty
Posted By: wintermute, on host
Date: Friday, October 12, 2001, at 01:33:39
In Reply To: Re: A Question of Royalty posted by julian on Friday, October 12, 2001, at 00:13:38:

> This is where I step in: I found a link to a picture of the Elephant Order. The accompanying text translates roughly as follows:
> "Gold, enamel, diamonds and perls. The order is one of Europes oldest and goes back to a Christian brotherhood, founded by [the danish king] Christian I approx. 1450.
> Before The Reformation, the chain was accompanied by a medallion with The Virgin and The Child. Maybe, this explains the choice of the elephant, which among other things was believed to symbolize chastity.
> The autocracy [translation?]...

Autocracy: Any form of government ruled by a single person. Perfectly valid, but "Monarchy" would be better.

> ...gave the order new regulations [tr?]

"Rule" (both singular and plural) is the common form for knightly orders, dating to the Rule of the Templars, a 700-point document forbidding the Templars from (among other things) playing chess or bathing more than one a week.

> ...and furnished the chapel of the Frederiksborg Castle as chapel of the order [term?].

This would be correct. I can't offer any suggestions for a better term.

> Today, the order is given within The Royal House and to heads of state."
> Sorry, no copperpots.
> jul"Christian, the religion. Christian, the name"ian

winter"This *is* a fun topic :)"mute

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