Tracing our History

  ore than one hundred years of history which, through marriages and alliances have placed Burgundy in the limelight throughout Western Europe and are our roots…

  he Ducal Order of the Cross of Burgundy was created for the commemoration of the fifth centenary of the death of Mary of Burgundy when the Order of the Golden Fleece passed into the hands of the Habsburg dynasty who have been ruling through its branches over a major part of Europe for centuries.

  

Statue of Philip the Bold in Dijon

  

  he historical heritage of the prestigious Order of the Golden Fleece which was created in Bruges in 1430 for the wedding ceremony of Philip the Good with Isabel of Portugal is transmitted in a chivalric way to our contemporaries by the Ducal Order of the Cross of Burgundy in reference to Saint Andrew, patron saint of the House of Burgundy, who was known in the middle ages as protective saint of the states of Burgundy, and to the spiritual commitment taken by Duke Philip as he established the seat of the medieval order in his good city of Dijon.

  et us follow in the footsteps of our prestigious ancestors…

  

  

  n order to assert the “Burgundian cultural fact” through actions reminiscent of the ideal, the feats and the way of living of the former dukes of Burgundy as well as today’s Burgundians, the Ducal Order of the Cross of Burgundy which is an Order of courtesy and honour based on the traditions of culture and chivalry has set itself the mission of exalting the moral virtues of Burgundian humanism through its artistic and cultural patrimony, as well as its terroirs, its wines and gastronomy.

  ragmatically the Ducal Order of the Cross of Burgundy aims at developing the knowledge of Burgundy through its history, its gastronomy and its wines as well as its rich artistic heritage, setting forth the fabulous period of the Great Valois Dukes. Our Order organizes throughout the year various “audienceries” which are formal ceremonies during which the pursuants who have been sponsored by a knight with full capacities and have successfully gone through the knighting procedure are dubbed into the Order, or during which knights are promoted to higher ranks in the Order.

  he knighting ceremonies take place according to a specific ritual which takes its roots into medieval chivalry and during which the Ménestrandise des Ducs ensures the musical side, playing anonymous medieval musical pieces while the highly personalised knighting speeches may range from the most solemn and deferent dithyramb which may, however, be courteously humorous, to a pleasant teasing that is always in good taste. The Order has also cultural aims as it organizes lectures as well as excursions, especially on topics related to history, wine and gastronomy, and more generally on various subjects dealing with Burgundy.

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