Friday, 16 July 2010

Modern mediaevalism with the Knights Bachelor - Thursday 15th July

This is the Council of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor and, on the right, their breast badge. It is a society committed to upholding the ideals of chivalry and public service. Each year they hold a service in St Faith's Chapel in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral to which Livery Masters and Clerks are invited.

What a privilege. With its low, arched roof the chapel has a distinctly mediaeval feel. The knights parade with their symbolic sword, spurs and pennons (swallow-tailed flags) and the Council in these glorious robes. Cathedral-standard music and a sermon from the Bishop of London about sustainable societies (and bees) made it a real treat for me.

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