The Order of the Genet - Knights
L'Ordre de la Genette - Kingdom of Franks
Established year: 726AD THE OLDEST KNIGHLY ORDER OF FRANKONIA (France )
Establised in The Kingdom of the Franks and Frankonia
The Seignuer of the Fief Blondel maintains the Chevalier Order of the Genet which is probably the oldest knighly
order of chivalry of the Franks and Normandy. By virtue of nobility being outlawed in France and the fact
that the Channel Islands are part of Normandy, the Seigneur has authorized the order to operate on the land of the
Fief Blondel in Guernsey where the Feudal Laws of the Bailiwick of Guernsey still apply. The Seigneur of Fief
Blondel is a direct descendant of the Royal Capets and Charles de Valois 1270–1325 and the De Martels of
France. The Seigneur of Fief Blondel has expanded the order from 16 Knights to 100 Knights. The
Seigneur's 16th great-grandfather is Louis IX Capet de Bourbon, King of France. The
Seigneur of Fief Blondel today is the Chief Captain and Baron of Annaly-Longford, Lord Baron of
Ennerdale Copeland and Lord of the Liberty of Stoborough.
The Order of the Genet was instituted by Charles Martel, in the year 726, on account of a great victory obtained
by him over the Saracens, under their leader Abdiramo. It is said by Favin to have been the FIRST Order
of Knighthood ever seen in France, though others attempt to assert the contrary ; but, however that
may be, it continued in high esteem, from the time of its institution,until the Carlovinian race were driven from
the throne by Hugh Capet, when it became gradually disrespected, and in the end extinct. The number of Knights of
it was limited to sixteen, and those of the sirst rank in the kingdom.
The noble and royal collar consists of three gold chains, interlaced with red enamelled roses; to the centre
rose is. pendent the badge of the Order, viz. a Genet Sejant, enamelled Blue, spotted Red, and collared Gold, on a
mount Green, enamelled with flowers Proper, Sec plate 28.
Kingdom of the West Franks
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Charles Martel created the
Ordre de la Genette in 732 after defeating the Arabs at Poitiers, supposedly because many furs of this
animal were found in the loot. The genet is a small carnivore of the civet family (gen. Genetta, fam. Viverridae),
whose fur was used in the Middle Ages (cf. Ducange's
, vol. 4 p. 54, s.v.
, citing a 1244 manuscript describing the cloak of a countess as "fouranda et orla de geneta"; see also
Dictionnaire de l'ancien français
, vol. 4
, page 258).