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The Order of the Dragon
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DECEMBER 12, 1408 – The Order of the Dragon a monarchical chivalric order is created by Sigismund of Luxembourg, then king of Hungary.
The Order of the Dragon (Latin: Societas Draconistarum, literally „Society of the Dragonists”) was a monarchical chivalric order for selected nobility,founded in 1408 by Sigismund who was King of Hungary at the time and later became Holy Roman Emperor. It was fashioned after the military orders of the Crusades, requiring its initiates to defend the cross and fight the enemies of Christianity, in particular the Ottoman Empire.
The Order flourished during the first half of the 15th century, primarily in Germany and Italy. After Sigismund’s death in 1437, its importance declined in Western Europe, but after the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, it continued to play a role in Hungary, Croatia, Wallachia and Serbia which bore the brunt of the Ottoman incursions.