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A military order is any one of a variety of Christian societies of knights that were founded from the Middle Ages onwards for the purpose of crusading, either in the Holy Land or against Islam (for example, in Spain during the Reconquista) or against pagans (for example, against the Cathars or the Bogumils) in Europe. Many orders after the end of the Crusades and the Ottoman incursions have become secularized, and are usually represented by ceremonial, missionary and charitable organizations in modern times.
- Knights Hospitaller (Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem) (founded circa 1099)
- Knights Templar (Order of the Temple) (founded circa 1119, disbanded 1307)
- Order of Montesa
- Order of Aviz (1143)
- Teutonic Knights (Order of St. Mary of the Teutons in Jerusalem) (founded circa 1198)
Chivalric orders are societies and fellowships of knights founded in imitation of the military orders of the Crusades. The late medieval chivalric orders reflected an ongoing military effort against the Ottoman Empire. During the 15th century, orders of chivalry became a mere courtly fashion, some of them purely honorific, consisting of nothing but the badge. These institutions in turn gave rise to the modern-day orders of merit.
- Order of the Garter (founded 1348)
- Order of the Bath (founded 1399)
- Ordine di Cavalieri di San Marco Kavaljeri Svetoga Marka (Cro/Hrv)
Orders of Merit. Most orders created since the late 17th century were no longer societies and fellowships of knights with a common mission, but were established by monarchs or governments with the specific purpose of bestowing honours on deserving individuals. At times, members were entitled to a title of nobility.
- Order of the Iron Crown Red Željezne krune (Cro/Hrv)
- Cavaliers of the Order of the Iron Crown (Cavalieri dell'Ordine della Corona ferrea) (founded 1805, ended 1815) French/Italy
- L'Ordine Imperiale Austriaco della Corona di Ferro (Oesterreichisch Kaiserlicher Orden der Eisernen Krone) (founded 1816, ended 1918) Austrian
- Order of the Thistle (founded 1687)
- Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary (founded 1764)
- Order of the White Eagle
- Legion of Honour (Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur) (founded 1802) francuske Legije časti (Cro/Hrv)
- Order of DeMolay
- Order of Civil Merit Bulgaria
- Order of Prince-Danilo
- Military Order of Maria Theresa (founded 1757) Vojni Red Marije Terezije (Cro/Hrv)
- Order of the British Empire