past several years many people may have observed a great western
middleclass phenomenon, especially in U.S., Canada, Australia,
New Zeeland, Great Britain, Germany and Italy, and other
countries as well, where even reputable individuals were and are
buying into various bogus "titles of nobility", bogus
"knightly Orders", and "Diplomatic
A great deal of time has past since
I myself was introduction into the world
of Chivalry. I would like to say that in some cases even my wildest
imagination could not prepare me for the 40 years of my life in association with this bizarre "knightly"
world. During this period I met many credible people who
believed that their membership was in legitimate Orders of
Knighthood. These same people believed that for them this was a step-up into the world of Christian
chivalry and social prestige. Eventually
of these people, including myself, this world became an exposure into
the world of
intrigues, nightmares and embarrassments. As well, for many of
us during this period we came into a very close contact with most dubious people
on this planet. I am speaking
about the people who have no moral or ethical conscious to deceive
others in a making them believe that their are becoming members
of the legitimate Orders of Knighthood.
Many people excepted these invitations on a good fate and
believed that they are become members of an elite historical society who's objectives
was, and is, to do
good. However, the bitter truth is that also a greater number of people who seek
this world of deception do so knowingly
in attempt to further deceive others by presenting their bogus
social importance as real.
While most of my life I lived in
monarchial Canada exposed to real orders of chivalry, including
my own affiliation with The
Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem,
nothing prepared me for Chinese Hospitallers, Japanese
Templars, Korean Crusaders of the Holy Cross and the African knights
of every possible "bogus Order" under the sun.
However, nothing come even close to my encounter with the "post communist knights" of Central and Eastern Europe.
The following stories could be
of interest to some of you. And not only because these
stories are "only interesting", but also because these stories
speak of events which are also extremely
dangerous to the democratic political processes
in these same countries. The originators and the members in these various bogus Orders
on many occasions use their shining decorations and well staged
photo opportunities to deceive uninformed and ageing religious electorate
in making them to believe that they, the men and the women in these "Knightly Orders",
are virtues and pies, and that their "religious and charitable
commitment to humanity" will be also applied by them when elected into public offices.
One year after I returned from
Canada to my favorite city in Eastern Carpathia I was visited by a man who introduced
himself as a spokesman for high government group who was
interested to acquire a some sort of "license, or a franchise" to
a "Knightly Order of Saint Lazarus". The man pointed out to me: "We don't
wont a big territory. Only for Bratislava". With open
mouth I listen the "spokesman". After I came to my senses I asked
him: Why do you wont to do this? The answer was: "Well, our
group already have a Chateau in Slovakia. We even have
the antique furniture and old paintings. Now, we need is to be knighted".
Three years later the group
found a "Diplomatic" facilitator and promoter from Austria who made their dream come true.
Today in Slovakia we have several groups who claim to be members
of the legitimate historical Order of Saint Lazarus.
When I tell this story to my
friends, most of them tell me that I was stupid not to sale them
some sort of a paper and than retire to Hawaii.
The following reports are only a
small fraction of what is actually going on in the world of "Knights
and Dragons", and not only in Central Eastern Europe, but
Communist Europe has
become a paradise for fake orders of knighthood.
Bourgeois Gentilhomme (known as The Bourgeois Gentleman or The
Middle-Class Gentleman) is a five-act comédie-ballet—a ballet
interrupted by spoken dialogue—by Molière, first presented on
October 14, 1670 before the court of Louis XIV.
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
satirizes attempts at social climbing, poking fun both at the
vulgar, pretentious middle-class and the vain, snobbish
The play takes place entirely
at Jourdain's house in Paris. Jourdain is a middle-aged
bourgeois whose father grew rich as a cloth-merchant. The rather
foolish Jourdain now has one aim in life—to rise above this
middle-class background and be accepted as an aristocratic
gentleman. To this end, he orders splendid new clothes (and is
naively delighted when the tailor's boy mockingly addresses him
as "my Lord") and applies himself to learning the
gentlemanly arts of fencing, dancing, music and philosophy,
despite his age; in doing so he continually manages to make a
fool of himself, to the disgust of his hired teachers. Most
famously, his philosophy lesson degenerates into a basic lesson
on language in which he is surprised and delighted to learn that
he has been speaking prose all his life without knowing it.