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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Legion of Honour
An order of merit instituted on republican principles on May 10,1802, by Bonaparte when First Consul in recompense of civil and military services to the country; it originally consisted of four classes, but now comprehends five: grand crosses, grand officers, commanders, officers, and chevaliers, each, of military or naval men, with pensions on a descending scale and all for life; their badge, a white star of five rays, bearing on the obverse an image of the republic and on the reverse two tricolor flags.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Legion of Honour'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/l/legion-of-honour.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.