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Most Illustrious Order: The Order of Saint Patrick and Its Knights Hardcover – 27 Feb 2002

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906290236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906290231
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,602,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This extensive history not only tells the complete story of this forgotten Order, but sets it in context as a political, social, cultural and ceremonial constituent of the long departed world of viceregal Ireland. The book examines such themes as the changing criteria for selecting the Knights; the ceremonials of investiture and installation; the sky-blue robes and insignia; the infamous theft of the Irish Crown Jewels in 1907; the abolition of the link between the Order and the Church of Ireland; and, in fascinating detail, the political wrangling between the British and Irish governments over the fate of the Order after 1922; the attitude of the Irish government; the roles of King George V, the Home Office and the Dominions Office; Winston Churchill s attempts to reconstitute the Order at the height of the Second World War; and the post-war attempts of the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland to keep the Order alive --Naval and Military Press

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ten years ago I found, after years of searching Mr. Galloway's first attempt at the Knights of St. Patrick. Needless to say I was incredibly surprised to find that this new book was just that. NEW in all aspects. This is not simply a reprint of the original but a completely NEW book. If is magnificent. The writing is superb and the photos are fantastic. If you are interested in this Great Order this is THE book. And although I may be the only American to buy this book --- this should be in every British library on Heraldry and Knighthoods. BUY THIS BOOK. You will not regret it. Best Wishes to the Author.
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