Term: Order of the Garter
The world’s oldest national order of knights, it is supposedly associated with Paganism. Founded in 1348 (other dates have been given), while dancing with King Edward III (1312-1377), at a party, had a garter fall from her leg. Edward picked it up, tied it to his own leg, and supposedly said, “Honi soit qui mal y pense,” French for “shame on any who think evil of it.” The reason someone might think evil of it is because it is believed that a garter was symbolic of a leader of Witches.
Whether this story is true or not, the result was the formation of a small and exclusive order of knights. The small size of this order has led some to conclude that they formed a coven. The British king or queen is the only one who can offer membership.