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Re: 'King' William of Norway?
I saw the claim on the links cited that Earl William was co founder of the
The Order of the Golden Fleece. The order is a secular knighthood founded in
January 1430 on occasion of the marriage of Philippe le Bon, duc de
Bourgogne in Bruges, with Isabelle of Portugal (his 3rd wife), the daughter
of John I of Portugal. The order was placed under the protection of Saint
André; the duke of Burgundy was to police the order and charged. " To
maintain the church that is God's house. I give the new noble order the name
the Golden Fleece" There is also a Hapsburg, Spanish and Austrian divisions,
they came later.
The codex below forgets to mention William. Is not William's full life, his
visions and true achievements enough to be remembered for what he was and
did? Why gild the lily?
The founding of the Kalmar Union had only one claimant. The claim was
dynastic the three northern kingdoms should have a united king, preferably
from the same continuing ruling family.
In 1396 Erik of Pomerania was chosen as Sweden's ruler by election, in 1397
at Kalmar he was crowned as king of Sweden on the same occasion as the
crowns of Denmark and Norway were also placed on his head. Erik was one of a
long line of Swedish kings. Earl William was not born until 1404 AD. The
election had been formalised by then. The agreement between Denmark, Sweden
and Norway among stated that the monarch of the Union had to be Danish.
How does a Scot gain a claim to the Union throne?
The Empress's Codex issued in Spain and published by Scripirorm S.L. of
"The year 1996 was the five hundredth anniversary of the connection between
the Spanish Crown and the most illustrious and most famous Order of
Knighthood in Western Europe: the Insigne Order del Toisón de Oro, or Order
of the Golden Fleece.
This order of Knighthood was founded in 1430 by Philip the Good, Duke of
Burgundy, whose skills in international politics were renowned and whose
court was undoubtedly the most dazzling in the twilight of the Middle Ages.
It soon attained very great prestige, and was famed for its lavish
ceremonies. After being tied through marriage to the House of Austria, the
wedding of Archduke Philip with Infanta Joan of Castile in 1496 would link
the Order to the Spanish Crown forever. This circumstance, and the fact that
Spanish became the mightiest European power over the 16th and 17th
centuries, led the Order of Golden Fleece to become the most valued and
distinguished order of knighthood in the whole of Christendom. This prestige
has doubtlessly been kept unscathed until our own times, in which its Head
and Sovereign is His Majesty King Juan Carlos I, as direct heir of the Dukes
of Burgundy. In order to commemorate this solemn event, plans were made to
publish one of the most beautiful codices of the Order for the first time,
in a facsimile and limited edition. This work is known as "The Empress's
Codex", through having belonged to Eugenie de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III,
and which today is kept at the Instituto Valencia de Don Juan."
The inital Knights were;
CHEVALIERS DE LA TOISON D'OR (Knights of the Golden Fleece)
MAISON DE BOURGOGNE (HOUSE OF BURGUNDY)
14301. Philippe le Bon, duc de Bourgogne, premier chef et souverain de la
maison de Bourgogne (1396-1467).
2. Guillaume de Vienne, sgr. de Saint-George (1360-1435).
3. Regnier Pot, sgr. de la Prugne (d. 1432).
4. Jehan seigneur de Roubaix (1369-1449).
5. Roland d'Uutkercke, sgr. de Hemsrode (d. 1442).
6. Antoine de Vergy, comte de Dammartin (d.1439).
7. David de Brimeu, sgr. de Ligny (d.1451).
8. Hue de Lannoy, sgr. de Santes (1384-1456).
9. Jehan seigneur de Comines (d. 1442).
10. Antoine de Toulonjon, maréchal de Bourgogne (d. 1432).
11. Pierre de Luxembourg, comte de Saint-Pol (1390-1433).
12. Jehan de la Trémoille, sgr. de Jonvelle (c. 1377-1449).
13. Guilbert de Lannoy, sgr. de Villerval (1386-1462).
14. Jehan de Luxembourg, comte de Ligny (1385-1440).
15. Jehan de Villers, sgr. de l'Isle-Adam (d. 1439).
16. Antoine seigneur de Croy, comte de Porcéan (1390-1475).
17. Florimond de Brimeu, sgr. de Massincourt (d. 1441).
18. Robert seigneur de Masmines (d. 1431).
19. Jacques de Brimeu, sgr. de Grigny (d. avant 1451).
20. Baudouin de Lannoy, sgr. de Molembaix (vers 1388-1474).
21. Pierre de Bauffremont, comte de Charny (d. 1473).
22. Philippe seigneur de Ternant (vers 1400-1456).
23. Jehan de Croy, comte de Chimay (1395-1472).
24. Jehan seigneur de Créquy (vers 1397-1473).
25. Jehan de Neufchâtel, sgr. de Montagu (d. 1433).
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