Order of the Golden Fleece
- Aristocratic fraternity created in 1430 by Philip the Good (1396–1467), Duke of Burgundy, as a means of strengthening his ties with the members of the nobility. It was intended as a counterpart of sorts to the English Order of the Garter. Its name presumably is a reference to the mythological story of Jason and the Argonauts. Many noble recipients of the order can be seen with the insignia on portraits painted by contemporary artists.
Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. EdwART. 2012.
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