John Kersey’s interest in nobility, chivalry and related matters began in childhood, formed part of his doctoral work, and has gone on to become an increasing preoccupation in recent years. He is expert not only in the European nobiliary and chivalric traditions but also in their development elsewhere in the world, notably in Africa during the colonial and post-colonial eras, and is particularly interested in the role of nobility and chivalry as foundations for a society based on principles of traditional aristocratic feudalism.
His perspective is that of an absolute monarchist and traditionalist. As a paleolibertarian, he rejects constitutional monarchy as being a legitimizing structure for the parasitic state, and likewise rejects an aristocracy that is primarily political and thus parasitic as opposed to a genuinely independent landowning class. He argues for a feudally organized propertarian society in which the manor is the basic unit of social construction and the role of the monarch, while absolute, is voluntary rather than authoritarian, based on the Platonic model of the philosopher-king and serving both to embody the identity of the nation and to act as its conscience. Integral to this is the close relationship between Church and King, whereby the office of the monarchy is of Divine institution, irrespective of the personal merits of its holder. In this respect he has been particularly influenced by Jean Hani’s work “Sacred Royalty: From the Pharaoh to the Most Christian King” (Matheson Trust, 2011). Opposing modernist interpretations, he continues to affirm the existence of nobiliary and chivalric authority within the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and to support the perpetuation of the jus honorum and the chivalric principle in our own time as vital elements of the structure of society that cannot be reduced either to charitable organizations or clubs for the wealthy.
With the regnal designation of His Serene Highness the Most Reverend Edmond III, he is the 8th Prince-Abbot of San Luigi in succession to the 1883 foundation of the Abbey-Principality in the Fezzan, and the 6th Mukungu (Prince-Governor) of the Ancient Abbey-Principality of San Luigi (Fizzan) in succession to this title created by the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara in 1885. As successor to his adoptive father, Prince Kermit of Miensk, he is head of the Royal House Polanie-Patrikios, 2nd Prince of Miensk, Vilna and All Byelorussia, and a Prince of Gniezno. He holds the additional titles of Prince of Volo, Hohenheim, and of the Holy Roman Empire (in the Imperial Byzantine Amorian Dynasty); Chief Oshodi of Irrua; Duke of Smolensk, Samos, de Resigne, of Saint Cyrille, of Synnada and of Feuat; Marquis de Valjevo, of Tiberiopolis, and of San Giovanni d’Acri; Count de Berville, Count Palatine (of the Imperial Phrygian Amorian Dynasty), of Flaviopolis, of San Giovanni d’Acri, and of Swabia; Baron of Aarburg and of San Giovanni d’Acri; Hereditary Patrician of the Eastern Roman Empire, Datu, etc. He is Prince Grand Master of the Royal Byelorussian Orders and the San Luigi Orders.
He was elected to the Prince-Abbacy of San Luigi and related offices by the Supreme Council of San Luigi on 25 August 2011 and confirmed in his title of Mukungu by His Majesty the Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara on 25 January 2012. He was adopted as son and heir by H.S.H. Prince Kermit of Miensk on 1 March 2015 and succeeded him in the Principality of Miensk and related honours upon his death later that month. As a consequence of this legacy, he adopted the additional surname of de Polanie-Patrikios for himself and his heirs.
He is a Privy Counsellor, Honorary Family Member, Noble and Peer of the Imperial Byzantine Amorian Dynasty, which dynasty was fully recognized by judgements of the Italian courts (under King Victor Emmanuel III) in 1945. As such, by right of family membership and the family laws of 1522, he is a Knight Grand Cross of Honour (thereby of Justice) in the Sacro Imperiale Ordine Costantiniano Nemagnico di Santo Stefano of the Imperial e Real Casa Capone Nemagna Paleologo, and Count Palatine (cf. judgement of 18 July 1945 (Luogotenenza del Regno), Tribunale Civile di Napoli, Quarta Sezione, filed on July 28, 1945 and registered in Naples, Office of Judicial Acts, on July 30, 1945: section 4).
From his cousin the Head of the Imperial House, he has received the Hereditary Grand Cross of the Ordine Internazionale delle Legion d’Onore dell’Immacolata, Hereditary Knight of Justice of the Serenissimo Militare (e Nobiliare) Ordine di San Marco, Hereditary Grand Cross of Justice with Collar of the Order of the Knights of St Catherine of Sinai, Hereditary Grand Cross of Justice of the Sacro Sovrano Imperiale Militare Ordine Costantiniano di San Giorgio della Milizia Aurata d’Oriente della Imperiale e Real Casa Lascaris Ventimiglia Valperga Sanmartino, Hereditary Grand Collar of Justice of the Sovrano Costantiniano Ordine di San Giorgio, già detto Ordine Costantiniano-Amoriano dei Cavalieri Aurati d’Oriente (Dinastico d’ Amorio); Hereditary Grand Collar of Justice of the Ordine Militare et Ospitaliere di San Giovanni d’Acri e San Tommaso; Hereditary Grand Collar of Justice of the Ordine Militare e Ospedaliero di Santa Maria di Betlemme; Hereditary Grand Collar of Justice of the (Ordine del) Cingolo – alias Cingolo Militare (Dinastico d’Amorio), and Hereditary Grand Collar of Justice of the Ordre Équestre de Saint George de Bourgogne, together with numerous armigerous rights.
In addition he has received the highest distinction of “Perpetuum” (Grand Cross) in the Ordinis Venerabilis Sodalicii Mariae Ss. Boni Consilii Mortis et Misericordiae, Città di Castello, Italy, which is probably the oldest religious brotherhood in continuous existence today. He has been awarded Knighthood of the Order of the Precious Blood in the Old Roman Catholic Church in America. In the Royal Order of St Stanislaus he has received the Gold Cross of Merit and Medal of the Wrocław Commandery. He was awarded an Honorary Datuship from the Sultanate of Baloi, Philippines, in 2015, and the title of Prince by the Royal Principality of the Upper Region of Hiran, Somalia, in 2017.
He received the honorary rank of Colonel in the Hungarian National Guard (1956), together with its highest award, the Hungarian National Guard Grand Star (awarded with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence) and the Medal of the Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution. He was admitted as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St George the Martyr (Hungary) in 2017 and in the same year was honoured by the Order of the Calamian Star of Peace (Coron Island, Philippines) with the title of Grand Commander. In 2012 he was awarded the Verdienstkreuz in Gold from the Confraternitas Oecumenica Sancti Sepulcri Hierosolymitani, Bavaria, Germany, of which he is also an Honorary Brother and Prefect for Great Britain, in recognition of his achievements in Alternative Education, Music and Theology and his humanitarian efforts for Africa. Subsequently he has received the Medal “Pro Probitas” in gold (Class I), the highest award of the Collegium Heraldicum Concordiae, Poland, the Jerusalem Cross and Medal of the Regent of the Union of the Polish Monarchists Association, and the Grosses Verdienstkreuz in Silber of the Freundeskreis Hoch- und Deutschmeister, Mannheim/Baden, Germany. He has received honours from Polish military and veterans’ societies, including the Cross of Merit of the Polish Society of War Veterans and Former Political Prisoners, and the Badge of Honor – Cross of Merit for organization of soldiers of the Home Army Uprising Special Forces “Jerzyki” (“Swifts”). He serves as Royal Protector and Member of Sovereign Council of the Regency of Lomar, an international humanitarian organisation.