Quotation by Shakespeare

When first this order was ordained, my lords,
Knights of the Garter were of noble birth,
Valiant and virtuous, full of haughty courage.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Talbot, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 33-5.

on the founding of the Order of the Garter, founded about 1344 by Edward III, who is said to have picked up the garter of a lady he was dancing with. It is a blue ribbon buckled with gold, worn on the left leg, and bears the inscription "Honi soit qui mal y pense," or cursed be he who thinks evil of this.
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