The Knights Templar
A Holy Order
The Knights Templar were a Christian Military Order, mainly recognized for keeping the roads to Jerusalem safe, and protecting the pilgrims on the Crusades. This fact is widely debated, even today; the fact that nine men (the nine founding members) middle aged are protecting a vast mass of people is clearly going to be speculated. It seems to me that the fact, of nine middle aged men, protecting such a large group of people, is not very likely. So what EXACTLY were they doing? Some historians say, or believe, that the Knights, considering that after their first trip to the ‘Holy Land’ they disappeared under the Temple Mount for around nine years. It is generally accepted that during the first nine years of their existence, the Knights Templar only consisted of nine members.
Although the group had the “mandate” of protecting the pilgrims, it has been suspected that the Templars wished to keep their true purpose hidden, by using the “ruse” of safeguarding people to cover their mission of digging for buried treasure on the Temple Mount, the lifestyle of the Templars wasn’t to everyone’s taste; hence they had trouble recruiting members in the early years. In 1127 A.D an abbot by the name of Bernard of Clairvaux, he wrote a rule of order for the Templars that was based on his Cisterian Order’s rule of conduct. This monk, or abbot as he is called did a LOT to promote the Templars. He wrote a letter to the first Grand Master Hughes de Payens, which of course swept through the lands drawing men of noble birth who joined the Order. The Knights Templar were founded in Jerusalem in the year 1128 A.D
The Templar were a very strict, powerful, and very very secretive people. The Order had a very strict dress code, that prevented them from wearing several things. The original Latin Rule of the Templars laid out in detail what the members of the Order were permitted to wear. The clothes were distributed by the...