[Ansteorra] On knighthood in America

Aline Swynbrook alineswynbrook at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 27 18:44:48 PST 2008

Actually, there are a number of Americans who hold
honorary knighthoods for good works and chivalric
endeavors or military service from foreign monarchies.
 A number of famous members of the Order of the
British Empire include Bob Hope, Steven Spielberg,
George H.W. Bush, Wesley Clark, Rudy Guiliani, Alan
Greenspan, Sen. George Mitchell, Bill Gates, Paul
Getty, Colin Powell, and Gen. Tommy Franks.  Bush Sr.
and Ronald Regan are also members of the British
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.  Regan
also held the Grand Cordon of the Order of the
Chrysanthemum, the highest order of knighthood for the
Japanese Imperial Family. Additionally, there are two
Catholic orders of knighthood which are very active in
the United States, The Sovereign Military Hospitaller
Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of
Malta, and The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
of Jerusalem.

On a local note, there is one currently active SCA
member in Ansteorra and one formerly active SCA member
who are Knights in an Ethiopian order.  I would be
happy to put anyone with further questions in touch
with them.

In Service,
Ly Aline Swynbrook
Who Mundanely is an Esquire.

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