Knights Templar

The history of the Knights Templar incorporates about two centuries during the Middle Ages, from the Order's founding in the early 1100s, to when it was disbanded in the early 1300s, and the near mythological status it has reached today.

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Why Did medieval knights wear heavy armor?

To protect themselves in battle.

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Who is Mark Borrington GCKT?

Grand Master of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar. A modern day Templar group.

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What were the knights Templar duties?

The Knight Templars duty in modern society is to conduct philanthropic activities, such as helping charities and relief groups, and to delve into historical study. The Templars do not involve themselves in any political activites whatsoever. If there is a dispuite in their order, they take it to their officials, not to the public authorities. As stated before, their main duty is to fight disease and social distress.

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What is the meaning of a Nazi armband that is red with a wreath a swastika and a sword in gold on a white background?

An official of the SA who was a sports umpire, time keeper or track official at an official SA athletic event would of worn this arm band. Richard V. Horrell WW 2

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Who were the Knights Templar?

  • They were a small group and the first of Christian military knights. They served in the first crusade and when they were housed at the Temple Mount in 1118 they numbered only nine. Somehow, despite their vows of poverty they became a wealthy and powerful order. Rumors abounded as to what secrets and wealth they held. In 1307 Pope Clement V ordered their arrest for heresey and the King of France complied, the required acts of torture obtained confessions and the Order was banned. On 19 March 1314 their leader Jaques de Molay was burned at the stake. Legends and rumors persist to this day about what wealth and secrets the Templars concealed and where it is hidden. Se related link Knight Templar further down this page.
  • The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici), popularly known as the Knights Templar or the Order of the Temple, or the Crusaders, were among the most famous of the Christian military orders. The organization existed for about two centuries in the Middle Ages, created in the aftermath of the First Crusade of 1096 to ensure the safety of the large numbers of European pilgrims who flowed toward Jerusalem after its conquest. The Knights Templar was a christian military organization from the Middle Ages. The order was actually originally endorsed by the Catholic church and had it's full support. The knights templar grew rapidly in power and membership. The group was very influential during the Crusades. After the crusades the knights templar quickly lost support and power.
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How do you join the Knights Templar?

""The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon commonly known as the Knights Templar`s. The Knights Templar were the elite fighting force of their day.

F.M.O.K.T- Friends and Members of The Order of The Knight Templar´s

The Friends and members of the Knight Templars is a chivalric association of like-minded individuals who demonstrate seven core principles: Chivalry, honour, integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom & charity. We sopports The Knight Templar´s in a Moore visible way ! Actually, the templar's still exist but have become more modern. It really isn't about Crusades and shiny armor anymore. They still respect their heritage. But it is more about spirituality and religon now.

Link below.

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I hate to quibble with you, but the evidence of Templars coming to America is bordering on mythos and "what-if". It's true that a rune stone with references to Temple Knights was found in Minnesota, but the experts remain fairly divided.

The "Templars" of today that are found in the Free and Accepted Masons are only found in the York Rite of the Order. If a man wishes to advance to this degree, he must be a Christian (Freemasons in general are only required to believe in a Supreme Being) and he shall have been passed through the Royal Arch degrees. Most lodges in the US are Scottish Rite, but a number of York Rite lodges exist. My suggestion to you would be to find a Mason that you know and that knows you and ask.

It is believed by some that they still exist, and are still fully operational.

As an addendum to the addendum:

The faith has never been lost and many are still around who believe in the old ways. Please do not attempt to push all of the Orders Descendants into one small box. It is tiresome to say the least. I suppose conservitively one only needs to follow the laws and ways to be considered a laymember, but to earn your spurs as it were you must adhere to the Knights Code as well as the laws and ways. Purity or the lack thereof is not a requirement even the wicked may swear the oaths, but repentance is a must for only the Lord is pure. Dozens of Orders still stand for the Oaths globally. aswell there are many "loners" amongst us. The Pope long ago apoligized for this sin of his against us. We still stand. God does not abandon. You are welcome.

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Were knights as good as they were portrayed?

AnswerThe glamourisation of knighthood has been a steady progressive trend since the first 'tales of King Arthur', and the recognition of this fact has led many to believe the 'lashback' that there were -no- virtuous knights, and that there was no Cult of Courtly Love or Cult of Chivalry. In simple answer, knights were people, and as with people today, there are those who were the paragon of good behaviour, and those who were the worst examples of excess and cruelty.

However, if one reads texts outlining the concept of chivalry, from the period in question, it is clear that knights were -supposed- to behave in a virtuous manner, and as such, those poor examples of humanity were also poor examples of knights.

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Did the Templars use hammers as weapons?

he Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon commonly known as the Knights Templar were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders. The organization existed for approximately two centuries in the Middle Ages. The Hammer as a weapon was not a weapon used by the Templars. A blunt weapon the Templars used was the mace.

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What is a knights weapon?

Well from the whole of the Middle Ages there was always weapons development going on.

the Early period saw Knights armed with Spear and sword, the spear in turn around the 12th century developed into the lance which became the basic arm of the mounted knight.

around the 13th century plate armour became mode around the knightly class and thus weapons such as the mace, warhammer and poleaxe became common sight around battlefields.

by the 16th century armour was so well developed that swords were hardly seen in battles any more and had turned into the weapon on courteirs and the civilian population.

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What was the daily life of knights like?

The lives of the modern knights concluded mostly of training and practice of their skill and weapons. And when the time came, they would go off into war or invasions or save the cities from attack. Your welcom! :)

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Where is the knights templar treasure?

AnswerThis is a question that has long tormented treasure hunters and scholars. When the Catholic Church designed to destroy the Knights Templar, they secured the assistance of the French crown. This is the origin of the superstition of "Friday the 13th" because the Templars were rounded up on that day and the crown seized all of their holdings. However, the Templars had advanced word that their fortunes had changed and they gathered together all of their treasure and three Templar ships departed from La Rochelle.

It is thought that these ships carried the vast wealth of the Templars, but in truth, they could carry but a fraction of their treasure if the tales about their wealth are reasonably accurate. The ultimate destination is unknown and it is unknown if these ships even made it to their destination. However, it would be a reasonable assumption that these ships made landfall in England. At this point in the story, nobody can give an authoritative answer to the question of "where does the treasure reside?"

Speculation regarding Rosslyn and Oak Island point to the strongest possibilities regarding the final resting place of the Templar treasure. There was significant engineering done at Oak Island and the investigation there has destroyed as much as it has uncovered. Only time will tell if anything remains, but I doubt that anyone would go through such an elaborate hoax.

With regard to Rosslyn Chapel, the builders of the chapel were known supporters of the Templars -i am editing this note (the builders are probably the freemasons) - However, nobody has ever found anything at Rosslyn and many consider the chapel to be a "key" to where the real treasure is concealed. Personally, I believe that the treasure that left in those ships was used to support the members of the order in the purchase of land, supplies, and other needs. Considering the requirements for a number of dispossessed Knights on the run from France and the Church, gold would be a necessity.

I believe that the majority of the Templar fortune never left France. To be sure, it was concealed from the French monarchy, but the Templars did not have the time necessary to move it out of France. Ultimately, this is my answer to your question. As the treasure has remained undiscovered for some time, one could assume that it is well hidden.

MoreThis next information is answerd by a differant person,

But the free masions were involed they were a scottish cruside who let the templar knights join there group so maybe the treasure could of being smuggeled out of France to Scotland but this is my opinion on the place were it is hidden.

Or there is word that the treasure was brought from France into England and to a place called Nova Scotia not in the actuwal country but to an island of the coast of Nove Scotia nobody nows which island but i bet the treasure will be found one day. Its not just a small amount OS gold but treasure beyond your wildest imaganation! I dream of discovering the knights templer treasure but i now that there is many other people that have atemptad to find it and there is no way that i could ever beat anyone to the greatest treasure of all time!

MoreRefering to the first paragraph above where the answerer says there were 3 Templar ships, records show that there were in fact 18 Templar ships at La Rochelle harbour on October 12th 1307, but the next day they had vanished.

the answer bove me seems quite complex however i believe there to be a simpler answer to question, though no one can be certain.

okay so 4 knights from temple dinsley, hertfordshire were arrested and taken to hertford castle in the early 1300's. two were taken to tower of London and they were all killed at some point. this was done on the orders of kind edward ll because he believed that they were hiding treasure from him. so he had them arrested, but when they refused to tell him it's whereabouts he had them killed. so many believe that the answer is simple. the treasure which is believed to be gold, silver, jewels, and possibly even the holy grail which Jesus drunk out of at the last supper (they apparently found this on a trip to Jerusalem) is likely to have buried underneath an oak tree in temple dinsley, where the knights who hid it lived, so that they could keep watch that no one tried to find it. another theory is that they actually buried it in temple dinsley deep deep under the ground and then created a pond over the top of where it was, to make it more difficult to get to. temple dinsley today is a village called Preston in hertfordshire and there is a large pond there, however the pond that the treasure is supposedly hidden underneath has been dug over, but no one knows exactly where it was. the spot where the treasure may have been buried unfortuantely has an old building on it which is now a school.

The whole truth will almost certainly never come to light. Much of the Temple assets in France found their way into the Royal treasury. Phillip the Fair needed the money to pay off a crushing national debt. Chances are that much of it from outside France went to the Hospitallers along with their real estate and much of the membership. Some of those assets may simply have been stolen or individual members may have removed assets with the intent to restore them to the Temple at some future date.

Neither is there any documented or archeological evidence that the Templar Fleet previously in harbor at New Rochelle ever reached Scotland nor that it carried the so called, "Templar Treasure." No hard evidence of any kind exists that any ship of any description carrying even one Templar Knight or anyone connected with the Temple ever reached North America. In fact, the so-called Zeno map does not mention the Temple at all. Moreover, the map has been shown to be a forgery. No evidence of any description supports speculation that the Templars ever possessed any of the, "treasures of the Temple of Solomon."

Likewise, there is no documented connection between the Templars and the Oak Island Money Pit. In fact, much of the speculation about the pit has been put to rest. For example, the only evidence there is for the existence of those much discussed buried timbers, etc. is complete hearsay and the so called tunnels that introduced sea water to the pit are not tunnels at all. All that water seeped in through naturally occurring features. Oh yes, there is one other thing. There is absolutely no evidence that Henry I Sinclair Earl of Orkney ever visited Greenland or any part of North America.

Conversely, there is ample evidence that many of the authors who are building up their own portfolios with wild speculation concerning the Templar Treasure or the purported mystical properties of the Temple are earning a substantial living by selling books to people who want to believe these things whether they are true or not. They are simply following in the footsteps of the, "Eric von Daniken" books from the seventies and all that nonsense about Aztec crystal skulls having mystical properties. When you stop to think about it, those books are the perfect con game. There is no law against publishing nonsense or selling the books that contains that nonsense. Buying a book is a legal transaction in nearly every case. Believing silly nonsense is a personal prerogative unless one does real harm as result.

The bottom line is that all those stories about the Templars having owned the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail and the True Cross are just that, stories. They may be amusing but they are not factual.

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How do you become a freemason?

You ask a Freemason to join. He may then present your petition to his lodge and then you will be voted on. Please keep in mind in Freemasonry you can not be asked to become a Mason. You must come on your own free will and accord.

If you don't know one, there will be an organization called the "Grand Lodge" in your state or area. Look them up on Google, give them a call and tell them you would like to join.

The two easiest ways to inquire about becoming a Freemason are as follows:

1. Ask a man that you know is a Mason.

2. Contact any Masonic Lodge to ask for assistance.

Ask one to be one. In this age of web everything, find the grand Lodge of (your state or country) and there will be a page about what one needs to do to petition for membership. If you meet the criteria, which is usually to be a man, minimum age 18 to 21 (depending on where you live), have a belief in a Supreme Being and are well recommended (in other words not a criminal and have friends and acquaintances ready to vouch for you) then all you need to is fill out the paperwork and begin the process. This process can take at least several months to several years depending on where you live.

You must ask a Masonic Lodge to join; you cannot be invited. Two members have to support your application.

Freemasons have a slogan, to be one ask one.

Find a man who is a Freemason, and ask him if he would recommend you to be a Freemason. Tradition is that the Freemasons cannot seek out members, and that candidates would have to ask three times of their own free will and accord. Many jurisdictions have changed this to adapt to modern times. If you are a man in good standing in your community, have a belief in a god of some kind, and have interest in becoming a Freemason, find a Mason and ask.

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What do the Knights Templar believe?

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici), commonly known as the Knights Templar or the Order of the Temple (French: Ordre du Temple or Templiers), were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders.[3] The organization existed for approximately two centuries in the Middle Ages. It was founded in the aftermath of the First Crusade of 1096, to ensure the safety of the many Europeans who made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem after its conquest.

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Where is Malta?

Malta is a Member State of the European Union (EU) ; which is strategically located within the Mediterranean Sea.

This strategic position has consistently allowed Malta to eclectically develop as an important International Trading Post. The Malta Freeport is one of the Mediterranean's leading Sea Ports for Container Shipments.

The distance between Malta and the nearest point in Sicily (Italy) is 93km.

The distance from Malta to the nearest point on the North African Mainland (Tunisia) is 288km.

Gibraltar is 1826km to Malta's West and Alexandria is 1510km to it's East.

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What is the name of the head of Knights Templar?

The position of Grand Master in the Templar Order was for life. Here is the list of Templar Grand Masters: 1118-1136AD Hughes de Payens

1136-1146 Robert de Craon

1146-1149 Everard des Barres

1149-1153 Bernard de Tremelay

1153-1156 Andre de Montbard

1156-1169 Bertrand de Blanchefort

1169-1171 Philippe de Milly

1171-1179 Odo de St Amand

1179-1184 Arnaud de Toroge

1185-1189 Gerard de Ridefort

1191-1193 Robert de Sable

1193-1200 Gilbert Horal

1201-1208 Phillipe de Plessis

1209-1219 Guillaume de Chartres

1219-1230 Pedro de Montaigu

1232-1244 Armand de Perigord

1245-1247 Richard de Bures

1247-1250 Guillaume de Sonnac

1250-1256 Renaud de Vichiers

1256-1273 Thomas Berard

1273-1291 Guillaume de Beaujeu

1291-1292 Thibaud Gaudin

1292-1314 Jacques de Molay

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Who was the first knight in the Middle Ages?

AnswerThis is an unanswerable question. Even if it could be recorded, the question implies that there was a singular first knight instead of a cultural movement towards the use of what we now call knights. AnswerThere was no first knight in the Middle Ages. Knights predated the Middle Ages.

Knights were important in the society of Republican Rome. They were heavy cavalry, and were always around in greater or smaller numbers. When the Middle Ages began, the Germanic groups that founded the nations of Western Europe already had knights, as did the Byzantines.

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Who are some famous knights from the Knights Templar?

  1. The knight known simply as Bertran who was forced to join the Order in 1224 for 7 years as a punishment for having murdered a bishop.
  2. Gerard de Ridefort (Master of the Temple 1185 to 1189)
  3. Odo de Saint-Amand, Master in 1177 who with just 84 Templars defeated Saladin's bodyguard troops at Montsigard and forced Saladin himself to flee on a racing camel
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What did the Knights of Malta improved on Malta?

They fortified Malta to help protect from Turkey.

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Who did the knights protect?

maybe a king i dont know do it your self hahahahaha (evil laugh)

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What was important about the Knights Templar?

Both the Knights Templar and the Hospitallers were Orders of monks. The Templar Order was accepted into the Church of Rome by Pope in 1129, when their first Rule was compiled to regulate their dress, equipment and religious services. This put them on exactly the same level as other Orders of monks: the Cluniacs, Benedictines and Cistercians - with one major difference:

Their task was primarily to protect Christian pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem, so they became a military religious Order consisting of knights, non-noble serjantz and servants who worked as labourers, craftsmen, cooks, grooms and so on. All of them were also (first and foremost) monks, and the Templars also included priests to conduct daily services, hear confessions and give absolution to those killed in battle. Death on the battlefield as a member of the Order was considered Christian martyrdom, meaning that a Templar would expect to go straight to Heaven.

The Order of Knights Templar was abolished by Pope Clement IV in 1312, just 183 years after its acceptance by an earlier Pope. People who today pretend that the Order can be re-established conveniently forget the main part of the Templar function: as monks within the Catholic Church, regulated by a Pope and having religious conviction as their primary function.


The function of the Knights Templar, to protect pilgrims, was extended to protect the property of the pilgrims, both on the road and at home. Money and other valuables were often deposited with the Knights Templar for safekeeping. In many cases, money was deposited for transportation, and this eventually turned into a system under which money could be deposited in one place and withdrawn in another. Naturally, the Knights Templar provided a prototype for the early banks.

The collapse of the Templars created a need for others to provide the same service. This need was met by merchant families, whose members traveled under guard, and who could manage property for clients. This gave rise to the system of banking that appeared in the Late Middle Ages.

There is a link below to an article on the Knights Templar, to the section describing their economic importance relative to banking.

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Who are some famous knights?

1st Answer, on knights in fiction:
  • Kyng Arthur ( King Arthur )
  • Sir Galahallt ( Sir Galahad - the illegitimate son of Sir Lancelot)
  • Sir Launcelot Deulake ( Sir Lancelot du Lac - was taken in by the mystical Lady of the Lake who raised him - the greatest Knight of the Round Table who fell in love with Queen Guinevere )
  • Sir Gauen ( Sir Gawain - famed for fighting the Green Knight )
  • Sir Percyvale ( Sir Percivale - famed for fighting the Red Knight )
  • Sir Lyonell ( Sir Lionel - brother of Sir Bors and cousin to Sir Lancelot)
  • Sir Trystram Delyens ( Sir Tristram de Lyones - the son of King Meliodas & Queen Isabelle of Lyonesse - second greatest Knight of the Round Table )
  • Sir Garethe ( Sir Gareth - a young knight placed under the tutelage of Sir Kay)
  • Sir Bedwere ( Sir Bedivere - a giant of a Knight )
  • Sir Blubrys ( Sir Bleoberis - an arrogant Knight who later became a hermit )
  • Sir Brunor le Noir - Lacotemale Tayle ( La Cote Male Taile - arrived in Camelot wearing an ill-fitting coat which had belonged to his dead father, given the nickname by Sir Kay )
  • Sir Lucane ( Sir Lucan - a most loyal and trusted Knight )
  • Sir Plomyde ( Sir Palomides - a Saracen knight)
  • Sir Lamorak ( Sir Lamorak - the third greatest Knight of the Round Table )
  • Sir Bors De Ganys ( Sir Bors de Ganis - brother of Sir Lionel and cousin to Sir Lancelot )
  • Sir Safer ( Sir Safir - a Christian Knight of Saracen descent )
  • Sir Pelleus ( Sir Pelleas - of low birth but one of the bravest Knights )
  • Sir Kay ( Sir Kay - King Arthur's foster-brother )
  • Sir Ectorde Marys ( Sir Ector de Maris - a Ladies man! )
  • Sir Dagonet ( Sir Dagonet - King Arthur's jester )
  • Sir Degore ( Sir Tegyr - King Arthur's cup-bearer)
  • Sir Lybyus Dysconyus ( Sir Guinglain was Sir Gawain's eldest son also known as Le Bel Desconneu - the Fair Unknown )
  • Sir Alynore ( Sir Alymere - totally loyal to King Arthur )
  • Sir Mordrede ( Treacherous Sir Mordred - his real father was his own uncle, King Arthur)
2nd Answer, on knights in history:Part of the problem with historic knights was that if they were famous, they usually had other titles, and so they are not remembered primarily as knights. Another was that the fictional knights are the subjects of fiction people like to remember, but historic knights seem oddly less real. Nevertheless here are a few:
  • Roland, the character of the Song of Roland, who was real
  • Sir William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke
  • Sir William Douglas, who fought for Scottish independence
  • Sir William Wallace, also a Scottish patriot
  • King Richard I of England, who was knighted by King Louis VII of France
  • Sir Thomas Mallory, remembered for writing Le Morte d'Arthur.
  • Jean II Le Maingre, marshall of France during the Hundred Years' War
  • Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, Spanish knight remembered as El Cid
  • Hugues de Payens, a founder of the Knights Templar
  • Jacques de Molay, last Grand Master of the Knights Templar
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What is never new but since ever?

This is a trick question! If it is, I think the answer is today .

Maybe: time

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What did knights eat in the Middle Ages?

Knights ate roasted pig, roasted chicken, a variety of fish, fruits and course baked breads among other things.

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(edit: Removed "turkey" from the list. Turkey is a north American species, and was unknown in Europe in the Middle Ages)

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Can lay members of the Norbertine third order be married or do they take a vow of celibacy?

That's a question that is not easily generalized. Any lay person may take a vow of chastity. Married persons may take the vow of chastity, as permanent deacons do, where if the spouse dies, they may not remarry.

The Norbertine tertiaries may be married or single. Their web page is listed below.

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