The Manor of IVANHOE, alias Ivinghoe
Keeping our History Alive
With its unique cultural heritage, the history of The Lordship of Ivanhoe, alias Ivinghoe, has spanned almost 1000 years.
This Manor is maybe the most famous Manor in the world, as it gave its name to the worldwide famous roman Ivanhoe, recognized as "real epitome of Chivalry". The Lordship has evolved throughout the centuries. It still exists to this day.
This Manor is one of the most ancient and most documented of the UK. The Winchester Pipe Rolls, containing the records of the first 500 years of this Manor (and of other ones), have been placed under the UNESCO heritage list.
Destiny did that in the last 300 years almost all the Lords of Ivanhoe have cherished the ideals of chivalry. The actual Lord understand the value of the name of this Manor, that has become worldwide like a geographical denomination and a symbol for chivalry, and hosts the "Institute for Chivalric Studies" that is also a school of Initiatic Chivalry bringing forward the messages of Perceval, Grail and Templars Traditions, etc. connected to the most authoritative sources.
Chivalry is for us first of all a decoration of the soul. It is a way of being where we fight on the Path of our inner transformation.
Historical forms of Ivinghoe
Ivinghoe derives its name from the old english Ifinga-ho(g)e and means 'the hoh of Ifa's people'.
The same name is found in Ivington (He) and its strong form in Iveston and Ivesley (Du).The place stands at the base of a considerable spur of land jutting out from the main range of the Chilterns (Harman).For the DB form v. IPN 113 (top) and cf. the DB form for Tingewick.
The form Ivanhoe is historical and attested in the 1665.
It is interesting that this document was not yet published when Walter Scott wrote Ivanhoe. A possibility is he got the ancient form "Ivanhoe" through personal research in the archives. He was a fine researcher. Another possibility is that Walter Scott got it from how the name was pronounced by older people in his period. He said he got it from an ancient rhyme.
Dr. Paret, the 54th and actual Lord of the Mnor of Ivinghoe, asked on this point Prof. Paul Kerswill (one of the foremost Prof. of Linguistics in UK. Since 2012, He is Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York. Research Assistant from 1985 to 1986 at the University of Cambridge, lecturer at the University of Reading until his appointment in 2004 as a professor at Lancaster University. In July 2017, Kerswill was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.): "it is very likely that older, rural people in the Ivinghoe area would have pronounced the name in the same way as Ivanhoe, also dropping the h. Something like 'ivanoe'. the suffix -ing is pronounced 'in' in most dialects in the English-speaking world - and has been for many centuries."
The Lord of Ivanhoe: Keeper of an ancient tradition
Ivanhoe is mythic name. It evokes chivalry. And nowadays the real chivalry of the third millennium is the chivalry of the spirit. The actual Lord of Ivanhoe keeps and continues an ancient tradition of hermetic chivalry. What is hermetic and initiatic chivalry? How can be useful for our life and open us to our limitless possibilities? What is its meaning for inner transformation and to change our conscioussness? Discover Chivalry, Initiatic Chivalry and Tradition . To be a chevalier is not something from the past. It is something very actual. It is true that you dont fight with the physical sword. But even in today's world the fights are still there. And in these fights the spirit and the faith that we have makes the difference. This is the real meaning of the chivalric initation. Dr. Paret has received from various sources the inner chivalric initiation, he knows its inner meaning and can not only transmit it, but even guide through the necessary meditation and exercises. Our Institute guides the person that truly desires to discover the initiatic chivalry and how it can be a path of transformation.
Entering initiatic Chivalry. Operating under the Authority of the Lord of Ivanhoe
To get the goal of developing awareness of the chivalric ideal, and to promote deeper awareness, we give the possibility to selected people to access to the prestige of some european orders. This acces is based on inner dedition.
Actually we have two orders operating under the Authority of the actual Lord and with Seal of this Manor, that have a so called "Initiatic Deposit" . It means the participants in these orders will have the possibility to acceed to a certain type of secret knowledge and symbolism.
Other two Orders are for decoration and merit only.
These Orders are open by invitation only to men and women after the completion of conditional acceptance, with Postulancy following.
Some old Photos from our village
Some Photos from the territory of our Manor