AD 1042
The Manor of IVANHOE, alias Ivinghoe

Keeping our History Alive

The Unique Manor of Ivanhoe, alias Ivinghoe

history, legend and chivalric cultural heritage

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.

We are delighted to give you a warm welcome to this site. You are discovering one of the oldest Manorial Lordship of England, whith now almost 1000 year of history and legend. This is the official site of the Manor and the Lordship of Ivanhoe / Ivinghoe, and it is dedicated to its millenary history, its traditions, its culture, its wonderful and unspoiled natural landscape that really evokes chivalric ideas and was classed Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and to the generous and hospitable local population. It is also dedicated to the chivalric initiation. Perhaps unwittingly, the name of this manor has entered into mainstream western culture.

The name Ivanhoe has come to be worldwide intimately connected to chivalric ideals. The territory of Ivanhoe itself has a chivalric vastness. Sir Walter Scott wrote his book making this Manor known worldwide. The Lord of the Manor of Ivanhoe want to be at the height of its name. The actual Lord of the Manor and as well almost all of the past Lords cherished chivalry. The Lordship has evolved through the centuries. Chivalry has become part of the culture and the interests of this manorial Lordship.

The Institute of Chivalric Studies and the chivalric groups on which the Lordship want to be a reference for people who pursue and uphold the timeless and heroic virtues of chivalry, that are engaged in the chivalric inner Quest (the chivalric way of awakening) and that are interested in the chivalric initiation. A chevalier has an ethic and a purpose. And a purpose means a certain level of conscioussness, that is connected to initiation.

Initiatic comes from in itium, i.e. putting on the path. Because the admission in the real chivalry should be accompanied by a knowledge of its symbols. Symbols that can open the mind of the initiate to higher spiritual dimensions.

This Manor has provided Sir Walter Scott with the name for his most famous book - Ivanhoe. The name of this chivalric roman derives from the feudal title of the main character: Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe.

The 54th Lord of this Manor holds under the Uk laws the same historical and famous feudal title of Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe.

And he can transmit the "chivalric inititation" of what even Scott spoke.

Sir Walter Scott (author of Ivanhoe) knew the existence of this initiatic chivalry. He put some clear allusions in the article on Cavalry he wrote for Britannica the year before writing "Ivanhoe". He spoke of the real and secret transmission of cavalry, also called by many with a latin word "Ordo", to distinguish it from the "Order". He points out that a person can be member of an Order of Chivalry, a person can be formally a Knight and never have received this "Ordo". The "Ordo" is the "essence of chivalry". Obviously this initation can be given only to people that are already formally in the cavalry and have followed a specific path. Dr. Paret got it, can give it, and he is happy to do it in the frame of the prestigious reference of the Manor of Ivanhoe. A name that in the mind of many represent also the essence of chivalry.

The institute of chivalric studies (ICS) deals mainly with Initiatic and Hermetic Chivalry that is a chivalry inside the Chivalry.

The Manorial Lordship is first of all an engagement. A Lord of the Manor today holds and represents a piece of the Culture and History of UK.

The Lordship territory itself is spread over Ivinghoe and contains within it ancient buildings, the most ancient windmill of Great Britain, and a church of 1200. It is a vast and evocative territory and many important movies have been realized here.

This is one of the most ancient and better attested Lordship of England. The history of this private Lordship can be traced to before the Norman Conquest when it was part of the estate of the Church of St Peter in Winchester. Some sources note that Ivinghoe was granted to the church by Queen Emma, the wife of Ethelred in 1042, in commemoration of her son Harthacanute who had ruled as king of England for just two years before his death. After the Norman conquest 24 years later the Manor remained as part of the church’s lands. The village was within the Domesday manor of Ivinghoe which remained in the ownership of the Bishops of Winchester until 1551 (when it was surrendered to the Crown). After , through various passages, went to the Egerton Family and finally to the actual and 54th Lord of the Manor.

The mission today of a Lord of the Manor is both cultural as historic, we want also to be ambassador for our territory, helping it to be known.

A Lord of the Manor represents the Manor itself and the tradition and the higher values of a Manor.

The Lordship and the Manor of Ivanhoe have a legal and official existence recognized by the Law. In english law a manorial Lordship is both a dignity and as well as a form of incorporeal landed property. In the case of Ivinghoe it is not just incorporeal because it is also connected to some Rights. The Lordship in fact involves also a historic legal jurisdiction in the form of the court baron. Our Lordship has regularly held courts for hundreds of years in the forms of Court Baron, Court Leet and Court and, as it has also a Right to the Market, a Court of Pie and Powder.

Even nowadays the Lord of the Manor of Ivinghoe continues to have historical rights as the Right for market and fairs and has the Right to appoint a honorific court.

We also have the intellectual property of the concept of Lordship of the Manor of Ivanhoe in the same way a town or a person has a responsability on the proper use of its name and the right to defend it if necessary.

Historical forms of Ivinghoe

  • Evinghehou 1086 DB

  • Hiuingho 1195 Cur(P)

  • Iuingeho 1195 Cur(P) 1199 Fines

  • Ivingho 1227 Ch

  • Ivengho 1241 Ass 1255 For

  • Ivingo 1303 Cl

  • Ivanhoe 1665 HertsSess

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

Initiatic Chivalry Orders connected to this Manor

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

The Windmill

The Street


The Hills

The Church