Christian/Secular Orders
A Brief History
Written by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska

In the 12th century many Christian Orders sprang up as a result of the fervor of religion fueled by the Crusades to the Holy Lands.

In the 14th and 15th century, "Secular Orders" of knighthood were popularized. These orders were concerned with the rewards and celebrations of worldly honor. Most of these orders associated themselves with specific saints (St. George being the most popular saint) or feast days. They concerned themselves with charitable foundations, endowed chantry chapels, paid for masses, and all had ordinances for religious services before and after their meeting.

Some Early Christian Orders were: