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The Cistercians and The Templars

The Knights Templar is a well-known order. They hold up a firm spot in the history of religions. What are less known, however, are the Cistercians, kin of the Templars. While the knights are known as the warriors, the Cistercians were the monks with the white mantles. In 1098 just, a year prior to the Crusaders' storm over Jerusalem, a monk of the Benedictine gathered a group of followers and took off to the Citeaux, where he started a new abbey, known later as the Cistercians. The monk, Robert, left the order as he was discontented with the members not following the St. Benedict rule, the same rule that the Templars were based upon. The monk believed that if he started...

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The Beauseant: The Templar Banner

Banners played an important role in wars in the medieval ages. They were considered a symbol of moral enforcement, and it distinguished regiments from others on the battlegrounds. The Knights Templar banner was named the Beauseant. The origin of the word remains unknown, much like many pieces in history.  The Templars were known to be great warriors. They wore white mantles with a red cross in the middle, and they went to war believing in a greater cause. Most importantly, they went silently. It is said that they used to part and attack first and return last. In wars, the Templars received orders from the Grand Master. In attack, they chanted, "Not unto us, O Lord." They were fierce soldiers...

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Garments of the Knights Templar

The Latin Rule also referred to as the "Specific Behavior for the Templar Order," is a document that organizes all aspects of the order's members' lives. It also details out what is allowed and is not allowed in garments. While knights wore white mantles, sergeants wore black ones. In the 12th century, a red cross was added to the garments. There was a draper that distributed the garments to the Templars. The Latin Rule provides more information about the dress code of the Knights Templar. The first principle is that all "the brothers" should be dressed in a single color, as a uniform and religious clothing. The color is preferably white, as it stands for purity, not just of heart,...

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Rules of The Templars and Punishments

Living monastically does not come at a low price. In fact, every monastic order has a set of rules by which members need to abide in order to keep the order well-governed. The Knights Templar also had their own regulations that contributed to the discipline of the order's members. The Templar Rule was drawn up in 1128 by Bernard of Clairvaux with the assistance of others. The document shows the Templars' rules and the punishments members may face if they don't respect the laws. When accused of a violation, the offender must confess in front of the brethren and the commander, who then decides what penalty to apply. If the violation is small or the member was to be innocent,...

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The Knights Templar: The Seal and its Meaning

In the middle ages, seals worked as a way to authenticate documents. They were used to make a fixed engraving in trading and official exchanges. The seals were carved in blocks that are pressed into hot wax, leaving behind a reversed image. The modern equivalent of that would be negative photos. Seals prevent the forging and imitating of correspondences and documents. Individuals, authorities, and even orders such as the Templars had their own seals. Seals were necessary to proceed with trading transactions because most people were illiterate, but they could sign their names for agreement even if they were unable to read and write. In fact, for over two centuries, many seals were associated with the Knights Templar, unlike today,...

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