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The Knights Templar in Spain

The Knights Templar are, beyond any doubt, one of the most captivating monastic orders. Their undeniable bravery in the Crusades, their incredible discipline, and the worldwide political, commercial, and military influence they reached over a short period of time are factors why the Templars are still studied nowadays. In fact, the order in Europe became so powerful that the King of France had to accuse them of false allegations in order to take them down and gain some of his sovereignty back. They started in Jerusalem and expanded to several European countries, including France, England, and Spain. Even in the 21st century, their legacy is still very much alive. In Spain, notably, the Knights contributed immensely to the Iberian peninsula...

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How did the Knights Templar become Rich

If you have a bit of knowledge about the Medieval ages and the history of religion, you've probably heard of The Knight Templars. It's a Christian order that appeared in the 12th century in the Middle East and took part in the Crusades against the Muslims. The Templars are known through official records for their outstanding bravery and dedication to the order's greater good. In such a short period, they went from a small group of knights who protect pilgrims in the Holy Land to a massive institution that operates in Europe. In fact, the Templars grew in power over the years, but also in wealth. They managed several enterprises offering a wide range of services for noblemen and monarchies,...

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How Did Bernard de Clairvaux Influenced the Knights Templar

After the first Crusade, Hugues de Payens, alongside a group of knights, approached King Baldwin II of Jerusalem requesting to form an order. It aimed to protect pilgrims coming to the Holy Hand. However, the idea of monks spilling blood was not to be welcomed by the public yet. Despite having the support of the king, the founder knew that he needed a strong alliance. Hugues de Payens comes from France, where his name was familiar in Europe's most noble courts. At this point, western aid what much needed. Hugues traveled through Europe, moving in high circles, meeting with rulers and noblemen. He was able to recruit a large number of new knights to join the order. However, he needed...

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The Templars in England

The Knights Templar first appeared in the kingdom of Jerusalem in the 12th century. Shortly after, the Templars arrived in Europe and built headquarters in several countries, including Portugal, France, and England, in which they had a significant influence. The Templars’ history in England began when the founder of the order Hughes de Payens first set foot in the country in 1118 to gather men and money from rich admirers for Crusading. The order’s gained the admiration of King Henry II, who ruled England back then. He granted them land across the country, as they were the warriors of God. The Knights Templar took the opportunity to build round-shaped churches as it is the design of their Mount in Jerusalem....

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The Most Famous Templar Western Sites

The Knights Templar first appeared in the Kingdom of Jerusalem as a monastic order that aims to protect Christian travelers and traders coming to the Holy Land. However, shortly after, the organization grew in power and built many sites in the Middle East and also in Europe. Many Templar buildings capture their astonishing architecture and their dedication to the details. These are some of their most notable sites.  The Medieval Kingdom of Aragón in Spain:  It was one of the provinces where the Templars had the most influence. It was the birthplace of some of their most prominent Grand Masters. The site also served as a battling theatre for the Crusades against the Muslim Moors during the Reconquista. As the Templars...

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