French Order of The Crescent

  • Medals And Decoration
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Created by Charles I of Naples in 1268, The Order was latter seen as the rival to England's Order of The Garter. Seen as 3 Gold Chains, from which was suspended on the Outer most – a Golden, upturned Crescent Moon – it was specifically designed to NOT resemble the traditional Badge or Insignia common for most Awards of The Period. Only Nobility could be awarded The Crescent. Later, it was also given to high ranking (and politically connected) members of The Catholic Church by The Naples Monarchy. When Naples came under French control around 1486 – French Aristocracy were also invested. Also extant, it was resurrected briefly in 1912. They used the traditional Ranking structure of Knight Commander, Knight and Officer.