Canon Law and knighthood appointment in modern times


  • Shutaro Takeda Kyoto University (Japan)


knighthood, Canon Law, order of knighthood, royal family, fons honorum


Legal debates on the deposed sovereigns’ rights have emerged again in the 20th century. Among them, the right to appoint knights by heads of deposed royal families has been one of the focal points. The author begins with a comprehensive review of legal debates on the subject to provide readers with an up-to-date understanding on this developing topic. Six major views on the appointment are extracted from the review. Then, a new interpretation is proposed, wherein the legitimacy to confer honours and the legitimacy of the orders of knighthood themselves have to be considered separately. Under this method of interpretation, the criterion to judge the legitimacy of an appointment of knight is both the jus honorum of the head of the family and the order of knighthood itself being legitimate.


Keywords: knighthood; Canon Law; order of knighthood; royal family; fons honorum.


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Takeda, S. (2021). Canon Law and knighthood appointment in modern times. Revista De Investigación De La Cátedra Internacional Conjunta Inocencio III, 1(13), 167–184. Retrieved from

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