Order of the Hop

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Order of the Hop
Ōrdō lupuli
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MottoEgo sileo
SuccessorIHGB Order of the Hop
FormationIn or after 1405
FounderJohn the Fearless

The Order of the Hop (Latin: Ōrdō lupuli) was a medieval Burgundian order of merit instituted c. 1406 by John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy (1371–1419).[1]

According to Jean-Jacques Chifflet (1588–1660), John awarded the honour to curry the favour of his subjects in the County of Flanders.[1] He may have established the order in 1406—a year after he inherited the title of Count of Flanders.[2]

Flanders was a major beer-producing jurisdiction. By the early 15th century, hops (the seed cones of Humulus lupulus) had gradually replaced the herbal blend gruit for brewing in the Low Countries. The order's emblem is a wreath of hop cones and leaves surrounding a simplified version of the coat of arms of the Duchy of Burgundy.[1] The order's motto was "Ego sileo" ("I keep silent").[1]

In 1971, the International Hop Growers Bureau established a new Order of the Hop, to honour great achievers in the hop industry.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Chifflet, Jean-Jacques (1658). Lilium Francicum, veritate historica, botanica, et heraldica illustratum (in Latin). Antwerp: Ex Officina Plantiniana Balthasaris Moreti. pp. 79–80. OCLC 24181922. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  2. ^ Vogel, Max (1874). "Introduction". On Beer: A Statistical Sketch. London: Trübner & Co. p. 5. OCLC 20877079.
  3. ^ Barth, Heinrich Joh; Klinke, Christiane; Schmidt, Claus (1994). The Hop Atlas: The History and Geography of the Cultivated Plant. Nürnberg: Carl. p. 285. ISBN 9783418007458. OCLC 644558112.

Further reading[edit]

These authors cite Chifflet (the principal source of information about the order):