Argonauts of Saint Nicholas

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The Argonauts of Saint Nicholas were a military order of knights instituted by Charles III of Naples in 1382.[1] They wore a collar of shells, enclosed in a silver crescent, on which hung a ship with the words Non credo tempori, "I don't trust time." From this they became known as the Knights of the Shell. They received the order of Saint Basil, Archbishop of Naples, and held their assemblies in San Nicola alla Carità, the church of their patron, Saint Nicholas (known in Italian as San Nicola alla Dogana).


  1. ^ Historia del regno di Napoli, by signor Angelo Di Costanzo, 1582, page 204-205.