Secrets of the Knights Templar : the hidden history of the by S. J. Hodge

By S. J. Hodge

The Knights Templar is among the such a lot secretive and robust spiritual orders in heritage: for over centuries they have been the elite scuffling with strength of the Crusades. hugely proficient, and adhering to a strict chivalric code, their good fortune at the battlefield introduced them either wealth and political effect. however it is the legends and secrecy surrounding the order and its Grand Masters that proceed to fascinate  Read more...

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These were to provide the knights with food and clothing. Their primary duty, one which was enjoined upon them by the Lord Patriarch and the other bishops for the remission of sins, was that of protecting the roads and routes against the attacks of robbers and brigands. This they did especially in order to safeguard pilgrims. WILLIAM OF TYRE, THE HISTORY OF THE KINGDOM OF JERUSALEM At the end of 1119, the nine men of the group were officially given permission to form the confraternity that would be called ‘The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Jesus Christ’.

Formed after the First Crusade with just a few men, their aim was to protect Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land and to defend the territory conquered by the Crusaders. Traditionally, knights came from noble families but, like most monks, the Templars were recruited from all echelons of society. Not all joined as knights, and the majority came from ordinary backgrounds – many were craftsmen, farmers, masons or cooks, for example – and as such were not educated; few left personally written records about their daily lives.

The trusted historian on the dig, Raymond d’Aguilers, reported that he had seen the iron in the ground before Peter Bartholomew exposed it, contesting that Peter had put it there as several sceptics believed. Whatever the object was or how it was found, the excitement in the city was intense as word of the discovery spread. Peter then reported another vision in which St Andrew instructed the Crusader army to fast for five days (although they were already starving), after which they would be victorious.

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