The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE
 

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Order of the Knights of the Garter from Staffordshire Millennium EmbroideriesThere are many stories surrounding the occasion on which King Edward III founded the Order of the Knights of the Garter. Some historians suggest that it was at Windsor in 1348 at a tournament celebrating the purification of his Queen, Phillipa, after the birth of the fourth of her twelve children. Then there's the story of a beautiful courtesan's blue garter which Edward is supposed to have picked up at a ball held to celebrate the fall of Calais. The Royal Household accounts record that a new bed was ordered for the King at that time specifying a decoration of blue taffeta, powdered with the garter emblems and the mortto 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' - evil be to him who evil thinks.
One of the spectacular tournaments held to celebrate the battles of Crecey and Calais was held outside the Cathedral at Lichfield in April 1348 and the fact that twentysix of the founder knights of the Order of the Garter were present at this gathering gas lead several historians to suggest that this was when Edward founded the Order. As the original statutes are lost, nobody knows for sure and so Sylvia, ever keen to capture a little glory for her native Staffordshire has taken this theory on board.

 

 
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