The Manor of IVANHOE, alias Ivinghoe
Keeping our History Alive
This manor is perhaps the most famous Manor in the world, as it gave its name to the world famous novel Ivanhoe, considered the "true epitome of chivalry". The manor has evolved over the centuries. It still exists today.
This Manor is one of the oldest and best documented in the United Kingdom.
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.
As fate would have it, for the past 300 years almost all the lords of Ivanhoe have upheld the ideals of chivalry. The current Lord understands the value of the name of this Manor, which has become a geographical designation and a symbol of chivalry throughout the world, and hosts the "Institute of Chivalric Studies", which is also a school of initiatic chivalry, passing on the messages of Perceval, Grail and Templar traditions, etc., in conjunction with the most authoritative sources.
For us, chivalry is first and foremost an adornment of the soul. It is a way of being in which we wrestle and struggle along the path of our inner transformation.
A spiritual chivalry for the world of today
Even Sir Walter Scott spoke of the secret chivalric initiation
The territory of the lordship
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: guardian of a secret ancient tradition and some powerful inner rituals.
Ivanhoe is a mythical name. It evokes chivalry. And nowadays the true chivalry of the third millennium is the chivalry of the spirit. The real Lord of Ivanhoe preserves and continues an ancient tradition of hermetic chivalry based on powerful rituals
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 .
Being a Chevalier is not something from the past. It is something very current. It is true that one does not fight with the physical sword. But even in today's world, there are still battles. And in those battles, the spirit and the faith we have make the difference. This is the true meaning of chivalric initiation and what the chivalric rituals prepare you for. There are many chivalric orders in the world, but most of them have become mere externals and have lost their original meaning and initiation.
Dr. Paret has researched and received the inner chivalric initiation from various sources, he knows its inner meaning and can not only pass it on but also guide you through the necessary meditations, exercises and ancient rituals. Our institute accompanies the person who really wants to discover the chivalric initiation and how it can be a path of transformation.
Entering initiatic Chivalry. Operating under the Authority of the Lord of Ivanhoe
In order to achieve the goal of developing and deepening the awareness of the chivalric ideal, we give selected individuals the opportunity to enter the prestige of some European orders. This access is based on inner dedication.
At present, we have two orders that operate under the authority of the current Lord and with the seal of this manor, which have a so-called "Initiatic Depot". This means that the participants in these orders have the opportunity to enter into a certain kind of secret knowledge and symbolism.
The other two orders are only for awards and merit.
These orders are open only to men and women by invitation, after they have completed a conditional admission, followed by postulancy.
Some old Photos from our village
Some Photos from the territory of our Manor