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Louis XIV, au lendemain de son sacre, reçoit le serment de son frère Monsieur, duc d'Anjou, comme chevalier de l'Ordre du Saint-Esprit à Reims, le 8 juin 1654, par Philippe de Champaigne

Ordre du Saint Esprit




  • The Ordre du Saint-Esprit was established on December 31, 1578 by Henri III de France as a Religious Order of Merit for Nobles of the Court. It is the most prestigious honour that a noble can have in Versailles. It's one of the most distinctive of all the European Chivalry Orders.
MEMBERSHIPS REQUIREMENTS to become Chavalier du Saint Esprit
  • One must have noble ancestry going back at least three generations
  • One must be a member of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Age required for Fils de France: Members by birth (Accepted in the order at the age of 12)
  • Age required for Princes du Sang: 16 years
  • Age required for Princes Etranger: 25 years
  • Age required for Nobles: 35 years .
ORGANIZATION:
  • Souverain Grand Maître : Le Roi de France et Navarre.
  • 8 Commandeurs : 4 cardinals and 4 bishops or prelates.
4 Commandeurs officiers :
  • Le Chancelier et garde des sceaux
  • Le Prévôt et maître des cérémonies
  • Le Grand trésorier
  • Le Greffier
  • 88 Chevaliers.

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