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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What are the limitations of a Middle Age knight?

AnswerThe qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women is known as chivalry. If a knight were to step out of this area, he was severly punished for it. AnswerFrom a tactical point of view, knights were heavy cavalry, and as powerful as they could be, they did have limits.

They could not go anywhere their horses could not go. They got bogged down in soft ground, especially marshy land. The horses could be disabled by caltrops or arrows, and they often would refuse to charge into areas where they felt unsure about their footing or obstacles. Once a horse was disabled, a knight could find himself cut off and unable to retreat quickly.

They could not swim, which meant that if they had their backs to a river, they were trapped.

Arrows could go through armor. This was true of arrows from longbows and from crossbows. The English longbows were much more effective than crossbows, because their rate of fire was a multiple of that of the crossbow, and they are said to have had much greater range. The result was that huge numbers of knights were killed by archers at such battles as the battle of Agincourt. Archers with long bows were relatively easy to equip, but they required years of training because of the strength needed to shoot the bow.

Knights were expensive to equip and maintain, both in wars and in peace. Their presence in an army meant large numbers of people had to be there to care for horses, armor, and the knights. Food had to be provided for all these people. This was a logistical consideration of some consequence.

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What crimes were there in the Middle Ages?

1st AnswerPunishment was given for crimes committed such as
  • ===working on Sundays===
2nd AnswerThis is a really fascinating area to research, and the answer is very different from what one might expect. For example, Lombard law had a provision making execution of a witch illegal unless is was possible to prove that the witch had actually killed someone with a curse. Carolingian law made it illegal to believe inwitchcraft, presumable to protect innocent old women with warts and dispositions rumored to be bad.

In the early middle ages, there was a concept of weregeld, which provided a fine for killing someone, without distinction as to intent. The fine was relative to that person's social rank; killing a landless peasant cost 60 solidi, possibly two year's wages for the peasant; killing a priest was 300, unless he was saying mass at the time, in which case he cost 400; and up the fines went until you got to the king, for whose death the fine was 15,000 solidi paid to his family and another 15,000 paid to the state for the loss of his services. Imagine that: At least one time and place of the Middle Ages had a fine prescribed for killing a king.

The Lex Alamanorum provided a fine for rape of a married woman, and a slightly lower fine for rape of single woman. Exposing a part of a woman's body was also met with a fine, which varied according to the part: lifting her hat to expose her head cost 6 solidi, which was a lot of money in those days, and since the solidus was 12 denarii, this was the equivalent of about two month's wages for the average laborer. The various legal codes also protected women from physical abuse in various ways, and it was a bad idea for men to abuse their wives in most places.

There were a number of very surprising provisions. For example the Lex Frisionum made it not a criminal act for a mother to kill her newborn child. Whether this was related to an early perception of post-partum depression or not is unknown, but it certainly illustrates the fact that medieval law was not all derived from the Bible.

There certainly were severe legal codes and severe punishments in some places. The Saxon legal code made it a capital offense to eat meat during Lent. The Plantagenet Kings and others were renowned for use of torture. So I can hardly characterize the Middle Ages as easy or soft on criminals. Indeed, I think they can only be characterized as highly varied.

Punishments and legal proceedings were also varied. There were ecclesiastical courts for clerics, and anyone who was a cleric could ask to be tried by the Church instead of civil authorities. It was fairly difficult to identify just who a cleric was, so eventually, the legal question was became whether the the person be able to read and write. For this purpose, the person was asked to read the 51st Psalm. As far as I know, no one tested to see if the person had memorized the 51st Psalm. Ecclesiastical courts were more merciful than civil, the food was better in prisons run by the Church, and one of the popes banned clergy from participating in torture, so ecclesiastical courts did not use it. (I can just picture criminals teaching each other how to read so they can get a break in court.)

It was possible in some places to defend a person by having that person take an oath asserting innocence, and have twelve people swear that they believed the oath was valid. And in much of medieval Europe, a fugitive could take refuge in a church or monastery for whatever crime, and no one, including agents of the king, could remove or harm that person.

I think this question deserves a lot of research and attention. The ignorance we show of the Middle Ages seems often to be greater than the ignorance of which we accuse the time. A link below is to a Wikipedia article on Germanic Law, which has many links to medieval legal codes.

Another answer:rebellion, treason, heresy, witchcraft, vagrancy, smuggling, robbers, kind napping, working on Sundays, stealing, receiving stolen goods, murder, disobeying a king, not cooking bread to the right height and dressing like a noble if you are not one! just to name a few.
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Assassins Creed

Are Templars from assassins creed real?

Partly, the events that happened in Assassin's Creed are purely fictional but once there really were people that called themselves Templars

So Templars were real (maybe they still are who knows) but events in Assassin's Creed are just pure fiction.

Also many historical figures, such as Hitler, Roosevelt and Julius Caesar were called Templars by the creators of assassins creed (Ubisoft), so watch out for them, and by the way, George W. Bush was a Templar puppet.

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What happened during the second crusade when there was a smaller crusade called The Wendish Crusade?

The Wendish Crusade took place in 1147 in the Holy Roman Empire. The Kingdom of Germany led the crusade. The Wends, who were pagan, had invaded Wagria, a district in northern Germany, and the intention of the crusade was to conquer and/or convert them.

There is a link below.

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Why did the christian knights want to fight in the holy land?

it was taken by the Islams

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Why did knights fight tournaments?

It was considered training for combat.

A Bit More....It was also a form of entertainment, a place to prove/show off/practice/hone your skills and the the winners got lots of rewards!! A Bit more of more...it was very profitable sport and it was addicting as if u downed an opponent you could claim there weapons as a "ransom" and their shields, horse, weapons, etc were a knights most valuable possessions.
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Are the Crusades bad?

Good and bad are matters of opinion. The Crusades were launched because of religious intolerance, and helped destabilize the middle east. The pope ordered a holy war against the rising Muslim empire and effectively ended the Muslim renassance. That area of the world has never recovered. I personally think they were bad, but its really up to you to make that decision.

On the bright side, it did helped to open up trade between Europe and the Mideast. The technological advancements of the Muslims and the knowledge they kept from Greek and Roman times became revealed to the Christians and all of Europe. It boosted trade since the luxuries of the east became high in demand across Europe, prompting trade and with it, more communication between the West and the East. The knowledge gained from the Muslims helped propel Europe into the Renaissance.

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Is the skull and crossbones a demonic symbol?

Ancient teachings indicate that the skull and cross bones symbolized imortality. It is still a Masonic symbol for imortality.

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How were you punished for a crime in the middle ages?

It was dependant on the crime. Usually you were thrown in prison, but you could have been beheaded, stoned to death or straight up executed.

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Does the Order of Malta still exist?

The Order of Malta still exists and is located in Rome, Italy. It is a Roman Catholic order that spends time helping the poor and aids victims of natural disorders, war, and epidemics.

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What was the religious beliefs of the Knights Templar?

Are you for feckin sure!

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Are the Templars evil?

No, the Templars are not evil.

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What is Malta?

Malta is an Island, Malta Islands is the largest of the three major islands that constitute the Maltese archipelago and Republic of Malta. Malta is in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea directly south of Italy and north of Libya.

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What is the motto of Knights Templar?

Veritas vol ?

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Are there knights templars in the Netherlands?

There are traces in Middelburg and Veere ...

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What do the Knights Templar believe about humanity?

The Knights Templar were a group of Christian warriors. Their beliefs follow that of other Christians, to whit, that man is of divine origin. Humanity is the family of God, but individuals and groups fall from grace when succumbing to temptation and falling into sin. A link is provided to facilitate a quick jump to the Wikipedia article.

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Did the Free Masons evolve from the Knight Templar?

Free masons were established approximately 150 b.c

The Knights Templar were established during the middle ages approximately 1120 a.d.

But, no.

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Does Knights Templar still exist?

there are, but not out in the open, this would be an underground (secretive) society

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How did doctors attempt to treat people ill with the plague?

they would somtimes put dead toads on the buboes to see if they would go away. they also made the patient bleed to balance out the four humors.

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What was the most international order of knights during the Crusades?

I belive are the Hospitallers, they had properties in quite all of Europe after they "inherit" templars properties, and their order was made before the templars.

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Were assassins and templars real?

Yes, they were. There were/ are several categories of Templar's, including the Knights Templar's. The assassins and Templar's mainly existed during the Crusades (or Holy Wars), being of course the two opposing sides. The assassins were not called assassins in public, of course, however their title escapes me at the moment. I apologize, but hope this has been somewhat helpful. I'm sure there is someone else with a better answer than mine.

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I suggest this came because of the game assassin's creed. As the previous answer stated, they were mainly based around the Crusades or Holy Wars as this was the time where the story is based around. 'Altaïr' the character in the game is fictional and was made up.

I think they were called Hashishin or something like that, but I may be wrong.

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As the person above me said, Altaïr himself is not real, however, as the game portrays, the Masyaf Castle did indeed house a group of Assassins.

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What did knights wear in the Middle Ages?

Armor. Metal usually.

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What was the purpose of knights templar?

The Knights Templar came from the champagne region in France. You had to declare all your wealth to the order and live a life of Chastity. They were formed to help people traveling to the holy land safe passage.

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What is the name for Knights Templar that protect Mary Magdalene?

Outside the Bible there's no evidence that Mary Magdalene ever existed. Answer to your question; None The Knights Templar did not exist at the time that Mary Magdalene lived. These knights were founded in the 12th Century. Their main purpose was to protect the pilgrim holy sites of Jerusalem.

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Who's the ultimate grand master of ninjutsu?

His name is Masaaki Hatsumi.

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