Order of the Annunciation

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Charles III of Nevers, founder of the order

The Order of the Annunciation, not to be mistaken with Savoy and Italy's well-known Order of the Most Holy Annunciation, was founded in 1619 by Charles III, Duke of Nevers and soon flourished.

The order was intended to fight the infidels and counted, next to noble knights and spiritual knights, ministering brothers. The motto of the order was In hoc signo vincam ("By this sign, I will conquer", sign meaning the cross of the Order).

The order fell quickly into oblivion after the death of its founder.

Ackermann mentions this chivalric order as historical order of France.


  • Gustav Adolph Ackermann, Ordensbuch, Sämtlicher in Europa blühender und erloschener Orden und Ehrenzeichen. Annaberg, 1855, p. 244 n°191 "Der Annunciatenorden" - Google Book (Former orders of France : p. 205-214 + addings : p. 244)

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