The Knights’ Academy of the Ordo Equestris Vini Europae attempts, on the one hand, to revive the chivalric academic works of the 16th-18th centuries and, on the other hand, to transpose into the modern age the mode of chivalric polishing, including the description of the chivalric microcosm. “Confidence in the customs of society, together with faith in God and respect for the spiritual power of wine, lead the knight to overcome difficulties and succeed in his chivalric work” (The Knightly Atlas, p 293).
The main objective of the Academy is to make the participants familiar with the provisions of the Knightly Atlas, the Wine Knights’ Manual, as well as the customs, rules and conditions for the organization and conduct of knightly ceremonies.
The course modules are intended for the access to the ranks of Consiliarius de Vino and Iudex de Vino, as well as the office of Marshal by the members of the Romanian Consulate of the OEVE and, by their structure, justify the importance of owning the Knight Atlas, the Manual of the Knights of Wine and the Benedictine Rule.
The peak of the action is the training of the rank of field marshal, as well as the practical exercises of ceremony and procession.
In choosing the venue for the Academy’s work, based on the Ordo Equestris Vini Europae’s status as a continuation of the traditions of the Order of St. George – the first secularized order in history – the following criteria were taken into account:
- the criterion of knightly origin (it aims to choose places with an important historical significance, especially for the medieval period);
- the wine-growing area criterion (follows the promotion of wines and winegrowers, with a preference for those who are members of the Order);
- the criterion of knightly service (the venue should – as far as possible – be provided by a confrere for an obol);
- the criterion of open access (ensuring a reasonable participation fee for each participant);
- the criterion of chivalric rigour (access to the work of the academy is allowed only to those knights who have been recommended by the organisations to which they belong and who have received the consulate’s approval for enthronement in the current year).
In order to get to know the local specificities and to encourage the promotion of wine, food and art culture, customs and traditions of the different geographical regions of the country, the Summer Academy has an itinerant character.
The venue, course curricula, programme and conditions of the Academy sessions are approved by the Rector.
IN HONOREM DEI and IN HONOREM VINI
PAX et LAETITIA SEMPER NOBISCUM
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Knights Academy 2022