The International Commission on Nobility and Royalty
All the major legal principles that promote genuine and authentic nobility, royalty and chivalry are contained in the following new book. Note what is says in the first paragraph of the Foreword:
The whole field of nobility and royalty is in disarray and confusion. It is rife with falsehoods, misguided experts, phony princes, and counterfeit chivalric orders. Besides the numerous scams and charlatans that exist, there is a widespread misunderstanding of the international and natural laws that govern dynastic rights. This is a field that is truly divided. This sad state of affairs need not continue. If international law is honored, revered and respected, then everything can be set in its proper order. The grand key to this needed unity is the rule of the just, time-honored laws that already exist.
The author is Dr. Stephen Baca y Kerr, JD, LLM, MAT, former special counsel to the Imperial and Royal House of Habsburg, former Professor and Dean of the Law School at the American School of Interdisciplinary Studies. His book is The Entitlement to Rule: Legal, Non-Territorial Sovereignty in International Law and it is a masterpiece. Note excerpts of what people have said about it:
"It is magnificently done and of great worth." (Adalberto J. Urbina Briceno, Sc.D., Professor Head of the Public International Law Chair of the Catholic University Andres Bello- Caracas)
"It is a goldmine of references and is a valuable account of a [thought provoking] . . . and poorly understood area of law." (Rev'd Professor Noel Cox, LLM, MA, MTheol, Ph.D., LTh, FRHists, Barrister, Aberystwyth University, New Zealand)
"Dr. Kerr has put together a book that is a "one of a kind" providing what is needed to perpetuate the rights of deposed sovereignty. For all those interested in the legal future of nobility and royalty, this is a very important, scholarly and insightful book to read." (LaWanna Blount, Ph.D., F.Coll.T, vice president and professor at the American College of Interdisciplinary Sciences, Como, Mississippi, USA)
"It is written in a clear and compelling manner. It is hoped that more and more people will become familiar with the laws of justice contained in this book." (Thubten Samphel, director of the Tibet Policy Institute of the Central Tibetan Administration and author of the book Falling Through the Roof, Dharamshala, India)
"Dr. Kerr's book . . . is one of those . . . path breaking works that throws new light on a field of study . . . on the complex legal and philosophical sinews that keep alive [deposed] monarchies. . . . This type of writing fills a huge gap within the royal studies field. . . ." (Dr. Diana Mandache, historian and author, Budapest, Romania)
"The author obviously has a deep understanding of international law and how it relates to deposed monarchies and exiled governments. The content is well structured and well written. I accept this book as conforming to the highest academic standards expected of a master scholar and practitioner." (Alexander Arapov, Sc.D., Professor of the Department of Philosophy and Sociology of the All-Russian State Distance-Learning Institute of Finance and Economics, a branch of the Financial University of the Russian Federation)
"This has been the most interesting and helpful book I have read in the field of nobiliary law as well as international law . . . . It exemplifies the highest level of scholarly content, clarity and depth of inquiry yet presented on this profound and important subject." (Prof. Dr. Mirjana Radovic-Markovic, Academician, Institute of Economic Sciences and Faculty of Business Economics and Entrepreneurship, Belgrade, Serbia)
The first volume of 370 pages can be obtained as an ebook for a donation of $10.00 to the International Commission on Nobility and Royalty. You will need to have an Adobe Reader to enjoy it. The ebook will shortly be available on Amazon, etc., but can be obtained now for $10.00 instead of a higher price later on. The second volume is due to come forth later this year.
Heraldry is a beautiful and fascinating art that is deeply rooted in history and tradition. It is still alive, growing and thriving in modern times. Company logos are a form of heraldry. But true heraldry is a much more elegant and enduring form that has never lost popularity.
The ideal of heraldry is that anyone or any organization that obtains such a graphic identity values a lifestyle that reflects honor, integrity and distinction.
Heraldry is a visible link to ones family, to the past, a present symbol of unity with the traditions of chivalry--being honest, just, brave and honorable in one's life, and a hope for the extention of those important values for future generations.
Unfortunately, heraldry is a much abused system of art and identity by well-meaning and well-intentioned people who do not know important heraldic rules and regulations. Much of what is sold as coats-of-arms for many surnames are illegitimate forms. The reason is, a coat-of-arms is registered only to one person. To bear such a persons arms means you are a direct descendant of that person. Hence, the probability of buying a valid coat of arms for your true ancestor off of the internet or by mail-order is extremely unlikely. There are simply too many different lines that have the same last name. In other words, as a result, many people are displaying someone else's arms without knowing it.
To properly use an ancestor's coat-of-arms, you must provide genealogical proof to a appropriate Heraldic authority that you are an actual direct descendant of that person. It is important to understand that to use another's arms because you found one that might be yours on the internet, because it has the same surname attached to it, is propbably a wrongful act---an act of theft, because it probably belongs to another family other than yours. Though there is not necessarily a law against this, it is still an offensive as it is most likely a violation of someone's property---an unauthorized use of their symbolic mark of honor. If one assumes a coat-of-arms or buys one on the internet or from some other source, it may also represents a loss of connection with one's own ancestors who might have had authentic arms. A much better way is to prove your connection, or obtain your own rightful coat-of-arms and have it properly registered and published by a true and recognized heraldic organization.
But beware of "Bucket Shops." The Association for the Advancement of Heraldry said it well, "Amongst serious heraldic enthusiasts this term [Bucket Shop] is frequently used to describe unscrupulous heraldry-mongers who dispense coats of arms by the bucket load with no regard for the rights of armigers." (freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~heraldry/aah-faq.html) In other words, they sell bogusand/or inaccurate armorial bearings. The International Commission on Nobility and Royalty will never be directly involved in heraldry, but we feel the need to recommend some organizations that have built up a reputation for honesty and high standards over the years.
Above all, as a very important concern to us, the following organizations do not, for example, provide coats-of-arms, crests or any kind of art work that recognize counterfeit or phony titles of nobility, unproven claims to knighthood or give any credibility whatsoever to self-styled or illegitimate orders of knighthood, nor do they recognize unproven claims to nobility or royalty. Hence, we can safely and confidently recommend them as being above board in the most important aspect for us, which is the preservation of what is true, genuine and accurate. There may be other deserving organizations, but the following have proven themselves and are presently known to be reliable and worthy of trust.
Other Heraldic organizations may be added to the list in the future.
a. The American College of Heraldry (non-governmental, but highly respected): www.americancollegeofheraldry.org
b. The College of Arms (England):
c. The Court of the Lord Lyon: www.lyon-court.com/lordlyon/ll_homeTemplate.jsp?
d.The Canadian Heraldic Authority:
e. The Chief Herald of Ireland:
f. The South African Bureau of Heraldry:
g. The Westphalian Heraldric Society (non-governmental, but highly respected): www.westfalen-heraldik.de
h. Burke's Peerage & Gentry International Register of Arms (non-governmental, but highly respected): www.armorial-register.com/index.html
i. The Augustan Society (non-governmental, but highly respected): www.augustansociety.org
We applaud and encourage heraldry as an art and a science of particular significant and important to the future of nobility, royalty and monarchy and the ideals it promotes that can encourage people to carry on the time-honored traditions of chivalry. It is hoped that you will involve yourself in this field and rightfully obtain and register your own special coat of arms as a reminder of your ideals.
Please see the wiki article on "Heraldry"
We encourage you to read and enjoy the articles that follow, which are informative and can deepen one's understanding of the whys and wherefores as well as the true and permanent rights of royalty, nobility and chivalry. The following articles are considered to be especially important and valuable:
For "Contact" information or to join the Commission as a contributor or apply for certification for titles, knighthood, status or ancestry, please first read the "Disclaimer and Obligatory Contract." If you fully agree with them, you are welcome to contact us, make contributions, answer our survey and/or become a part of this important cause. Our goals and mission are to protect the public from counterfeit titles, phony knighthoods and fake genealogies. We also want to certify the true and the genuine as well as promote chivalry, royalty and nobility. We need your support. There is so much that needs to be done. We invite you to contribute and join with us.
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