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Insignia of The Imperial and Royal Dragon Court and Order
Crown of a Lord of the Dragon Court
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_dragoncourt11.htm#The Dragon and the Grail
The original fraternity, which was resurrected in the 15th century to become the Hungarian Court of the Dragon, can first be identified as the Dragon Court of ancient Egypt under the patronage of the priest-prince Ankhfn-khonsu in about 2170 BC. It was later established more formally as a pharaonic institution by the 12th-dynasty Queen Sobeknefru (c.1785-82 BC) and its operation was much like that of a present day royal academy, being a unique assembly of science and scholarship.
The Court provided a foundation for priestly pursuits associated with the teachings of Thoth, which had prevailed from the time of King Raneb, a pharaoh of the 2nd dynasty and grandson of the biblical Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-10). Raneb reigned c.2852-13 BC, about three centuries before the Gizeh pyramids are reckoned to have been built.
In those far-off times, the priests and temples were not solely associated with religion as were their later successors in other lands, but rather more with the duties of preserving and teaching the old wisdom. The temples were, therefore, places of work-ship, rather than of worship in the modern sense, and they incorporated the 'al-khame' = alchemical workshops of the Master Craftsmen. It was the obligation of these Masters and the temple priests to maintain the spiritual welfare of the pharaohs, while preserving the heritage of a royal bloodline which progressed through the Dragon Queens of the matrilinear Grail succession.
It transpired, however, that much of the old wisdom was lost as the great empires of Persia, Macedonia and Rome took their successive holds in the Mediterranean world. Around a million valuable documents were destroyed by fire when Julius Caesar invaded Egypt in 48 BC, and many more hundreds of thousands were lost in AD 391 when the Christians destroyed the great Library of Alexandria.
Long afterwards, on 13 December 1408 (when England was in her Plantagenet era and the Stewarts were the rulers of Scotland), the fraternal aspect of the Dragon Court was formally reconstituted by King Szigmond von Luxembourg of Hungary at a time of wars and general political turmoil. Having inherited the ancient legacy in 1397, he drew up a pact with twenty-three royals and nobles who swore to observe 'true and pure fraternity' within the 'Societas Draconis' (Society of the Dragon) - a style which later became "Ordo Draconis" (Hungarian: Sárkány Rend - Order of the Dragon), although the Court was by no means a conventional Order in the recognized chivalric sense.
Along with Szigmond (Sigismund), other officers of the Court were his second wife Barbara Cilli (daughter of Duke Hermann II of Styria) and their daughter Elizabeth, thereby achieving an traditional overall standard of twenty-six members. Others prominent in the Societas Draconis were:
King Vladislav Jagello of Poland
King Alfonse V of Aragon
Grand Prince Vitovd of Lithuania
Duke Ernst of Austria
Christopher III, Duke of Bavaria and King of Denmark, Sweden and Norway
Later, in 1439, Thomas de Mowbray, England's Duke of Norfolk, was admitted to the Order.
"In 1408... the Dragon Court was formally reconstituted as a sovereign body at a time of wars and general political turmoil. The Court's reemergence was instigated by Sigismund von Luxembourg, king of Hungary, a descendant of the Lusignan Dragon Kings of Jerusalem. Having inherited the legacy in 1397 he drew up a pact with twenty-three nobles who swore to observe 'true and pure fraternity' within the Societas Draconis (later called Ordo Draconis), Hungarian: Sarkany Rend. The founding document... stated that members of the Court might wear the insignia of a dragon incurved into a circle, with a red cross - the very emblem of the original Rosicrucis which had identified the Grail succession from before 3000 B.C."
Laurence Gardner, GENESIS OF THE GRAIL KINGS
"Der Drachenhof wurde im Jahr 1408 als souveräne Körperschaft wiedereingesetzt, inmitten einer Zeit der Kriege und allgemeiner politischer Turbulenzen. Die Neubelebung des Drachenhofes geht auf Sigismund von Luxemburg, König von Ungarn, zurück, der selber ein Nachkomme der Drachenkönige von Jerusalem aus dem Hause Lusignan* war. Er hatte deren Erbe im Jahr 1397 angetreten und schloß aus dieser Position heraus einen Beistandspakt mit dreiundzwanzig Adligen, die sich ihm gegenüber durch Schwur verpflichteten, innerhalb der "Drachengesellschaft" (Societas Draconis), dem späteren "Drachenorden" (Ordo Draconis, ungarisch: Sárkány-rend) die "wahre und reine Brüderlichkeit" zu pflegen. Im Gründungsdokument wird ausgeführt, dass die Mitglieder des Drachenhofes das Insignium eines kreisförmig gekrümmten Drachens mit einem roten Kreuz tragen dürfen - letzteres ist nichts anderes als das Sinnbild des ursprünglichen Rosenkreuzes (Rosicrucis), welches mit der auf die Zeit vor 3000 vor Christus zurückreichenden Tradition des Heiligen Grals in engster Verbindung steht."
Laurence Gardner, Die Entstehung der Gralskönige
The Dragon Court Today
The non-joining Court and Order of Sárkány Rend 1408 is a closed establishment of selected 'invitees' who pursue the ancient virtues of chivalry, traditionally known as The Five Holy Obligations.
1. Protection of the Earth
2. Upholding of Peace
3. Support of the Downtrodden
4. Defense of the Feminine
5. Pursuit of Knowledge
It is recognized that an increasing number of people are searching for the original, uncluttered roots of their faith and for their purpose in society. They are seeking more effective forms of administration to combat the all too apparent slide into social and moral decline. They are, in fact, questing for the Holy Grail. This quest for new enlightenment is considerably heightened by the new millennium and there is a widespread feeling that this should also present a new Renaissance - an era of rebirth wherein the precepts of the Grail Code are acknowledged and practiced - the precepts of liberty, fraternity and equality.
It is in these respects that the Court of the Dragon is most active - supporting at all times the sovereignty of the individual and the responsibilities to protect life and liberty which are inherent within that sovereignty, while pursuing avenues of hitherto suppressed knowledge for the benefit of all.
The primary aspects of the Order's constitution are:
The Hungarian Court of the Dragon is currently registered at the High Court of Budapest as The Imperial and Royal Dragon Court and Order - Ordo Dragonis, Sárkány Rend, 1408.
The Grand Chancellor is Chev. Dr. Gyorgy von varhegyi Lehr, Count of Oberberg, with Inner Court members including:
HRH Prince Michael of Albany, Head of the Royal House of Stewart
Grand Duke Peter Galicin of Carpathia
Baron Wodiank Zoltan Nemessary
Bishop Bela Csernak is the Grand Prior in Transylvania and Chev. Baron Andreas G. von Lehr the Grand Prior in Germany.
Other notable members are:
Count Monsignor Laszlo Esterházy
Chev. Count Dr Janos szeki Teleki
Chev. Monsignor Laszlo von galantal Esterházy, Papal Chaplain, Provost Parochus of the Mariaremete Cathedral in Budapest
In the English speaking world the Order resides within the Protectorate of the Royal House of Stewart, with the Grand Prior in Britain being Chev. Dr. Andrew von Zsigmond, Baron de Lemhény, of the Hungarian Consulate.
*) Zu Lusignan vergleiche: