ORDEN NOBILIARIA DE SAN SERGIO (THE NOBLE ORDER OF SAINT SERGIUS)
In our institution (the Corps of the Nobility of Cantabria), the signature or endorsement of other members is not required for admission, instead this admission requirement is replaced by a "trial period", or provisional admission, of one year. During that year applicant for membership still could not use the title of knight of the Corps of the Nobility of Cantabria, so it was necessary to find an appropriate denomination - also in rank of knight. It was therefore necessary to establish a knight order in the Corps of the Nobility of Cantabria. Since it was on September 8 when the idea arose, feast of Pope Saint Sergius (Sergius I), it was decided to name this order after this saint.
Noble applicant for membership in the Corps of the Nobility of Cantabria thus obtains the title of Knight of the Noble Order of Saint Sergius, and this title remains with him even after being accepted as a full member (after one year "trial period") of the Corps of the Nobility of Cantabria.
Full member of the Corps of the Nobility of Cantabria also obtains the title of Knight of the Corps of the Nobility of Cantabria and receives the medal of Knight of the Corps of the Nobility of Cantabria.
The basic rank of the Noble Order of Saint Sergius is a knight, with a knight's cross. However, a deserving knight can also receive a Grand Cross of the Noble Order of Saint Sergius.
CUERPO DE LA NOBLEZA DE CANTABRIA (CORPS OF NOBILITY OF CANTABRIA)
The Corps of the Noblity of Cantabria is the first association of nobles in Cantabria in of Spain.
The Corps of the Noblity of Cantabria intends to include those who demonstrate nobility of the paternal lineage, noble titles of the Kingdom of Spain, or the performance of the traditional dignities of personal nobility.
We preserve chivalric traditions and foster social relations between partners with the flow of synergies. We are a corporation for those who seek the exclusive and personalized treatment that exists in a small and selected group.
Like any institution in its beginnings, we are carrying out an activity. After having formally presented ourselves by letter to the regional authorities, presenting ourselves before the nobility bodies of the Kingdom of Spain that have more tradition than us.
Also, our Statutes created various associative positions and honorary titles (Magistral Counselor, Patron, Protector ...) to accommodate the highest nobility or princes of blood.
The data protection policy has always been a priority that is why we are during these months collecting the informed consent of the people we intend to include on our page. Finally, we have reached goodwill agreements with various cultural institutions to start up our institute, which is the branch of our cultural activity.
HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND FOUNDATION OF THE CORPS OF THE NOBILITY OF CANTABRIA
Noble corporations are private institutions whose objective is, among other things, to accredit the noble status of people admitted to the corporation. This means that admission to the noble corporation confirms the nobility status, it is a certificate that accredits to others the status of the admitted nobles.
Cantabria it the land of the Cantabri people (Greek: Καντάβροι, Kantabroi). Ancient Cantabrians were a pre-Roman people and large tribal federation that lived in the northern coastal region of ancient Iberia in the second half of the first millennium BC. These peoples and their territories were incorporated into the Roman Province of Hispania Tarraconensis in the year 19 BC.
In 711 AD, after the Moorish invasion of Spain, the Visigoth kings and their nobles took refuge in Asturias and Cantabria, whose high mountains prevented the Moorish occupation. From there the reconquest (i.e. reconquista) of Spain began. This situation has caused the Visigoth Christian nobility in Cantabria to constitute a large part of the region's population.
In the Census of the Crown of Castile carried out in 1591 for the Merindad de Trasmiera region, the data offered that 84.75% of the census population were nobles. Still in the 18th century, in the Census of Aranda, dated 1768, in Cantabria there would be 152,437 inhabitants of which 142,195, 93%, were nobles and many of them have descendants among present-day Cantabria.
Noble corporations in Spain and their role in the past and present
In Spain, this function was carried out for centuries by the Royal Chancelleries, which were the royal courts that decided who was the noble and who was not. The fact that someone was recognized as a noble was important not only for his social recognition and prestige, because at the same time the nobles were exempt from paying many taxes and were the only ones who had access to the positions of judge or mayor. This practice of accreditation of the nobility was and is also important because in Spain there is a type of noble that does not occur in any other European country - the so-called hidalgo, that is, noble without title. This means that the nobles appointed as dukes, marquises, counts, etc. they have a noble title, which in itself confirms their noble status. The hidalgos, on the other hand, do not have such a noble title. Nobility is a condition that the hidalgo inherits from his ancestors under the title of "noble de sangre", that is, it was necessary for the official body to declare who in these cases the nobleman (hidalgo) and who was not.
When aristocratic privileges were abolished in Spain in the years 1837-1845, the Royal Chancelleries (for example in Granada) ceased to exist and the functions performed by these courts were assumed by individual noble corporations. As such, the state stopped dealing with this issue because it no longer had legal consequences.
Familia infanzona y nobleza hidalga: el mayorazgo de los "De la Guerra" en el Antiguo Régimen, autor: Cobo Hernando, María Isabel, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander 2017, pag. 42
Ministerio de Interior (Spain), Resolucion de Inscripcion de Constitucion en el Registro Nacional de Asociaciones, 11.9.2018, Salida NÚM.: 15192
"Felipe VI encourages the nobles to help the most vulnerable". La Razón Magazine. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
maps and Coat of Arms of Cantabria
Santander, capital of Cantabria (16th Century) and today
castillo de Suances
Castle de San Vincento Argüeso
palacio de Velarde, Santillana del Mar
palacio real de la Magdalena, Santander
crowns of nobility in Kingdom of Spain
hidalgo (16th Century)