Friday, August 24, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 9: Part 3: Knights and "Stall Plates"

When we were in St. George's Chapel on the ground of the Windsor Castle, we got a lesson in Knighthood in the U.K. and learned that a "Stall Plate" was a memorial to knights.
Stall plate of the Duke of Norfolk,  executed for treason in 1572
When we were near Henry VIII's tomb in the choir loft of the chapel, we saw his  "Stall plate." This was a small metal plate engraved with his name when he was named "Duke of York" at 9 years old. There are plates that date back to the 1400s and they're hung on the wall of the choir loft, behind seats where knights sat. 

According to , On the 10th August 1348, when the plague swept through England, the founder knights filed  in pairs into St. George's Chapel. It was then that stall plates started and became a tradition for some reason! From then on, when a knight was created they were given a brass and enamel stall plate which was affixed to their stall in the chapel. In addition to the stall plate, a crested helm and banner were put up. On the Garter knight's death the banner and helm were taken away but the stall plate remained.

All of the men who were Knights of the Garter during Henry’s reign (1509-47) had a "stall plate." Fifty-two engraved and enameled plates still hang in the stall they occupied during the Order’s ceremonies in St George’s Chapel. During Henry’s reign the plates were introduced to St George’s within a year of each Knight’s installation. Each plate contains the Knight’s arms and name, the office he held and sometimes his motto. However, if the knight was found guilty of treason, their plates were removed.

Above the stall of each knight in the choir loft is a banner, some of which have been passed down through many generations. Below each banner is a crest on top of a helm. A half drawn sword below the helm indicates the readiness of each member to defend his Sovereign and religion. 

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