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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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Timeline of the Knights Templar

The Knights Templar is a monastic order that marked history. They were the first warrior monks to appear, and they also inspired the modern banking system. The Templars are strongly present in many novels and movies in the 21st century. Understanding the Templars' history is getting the gist of the history of religions, especially in Western Europe. Many important dates shaped the narrative of the order. In 1000 B.C, the Temple of King Solomon was built in Jerusalem. In 1119, the order was founded by Hugues de Paynes when King Baldwin granted a small group of knights a place to live and to be active within the sacred site. In 1128, the co-founders of the institution Bernard de Clairvaux and...

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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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The Knights Templar in Portugal

The Knights Templar is one of the monastic orders that marked history. They are known as fierce warriors who had an enormous influence on the Crusades. Nonetheless, there is so much more to know about the Templars and their history. Even though they started in Jerusalem, the Knights Templar had a great influence in many European countries. In Portugal, Tomar, the historical province, was their headquarters. The castle was constructed in 1160 and has served as the Templar’s managerial center in Portugal. Thirty years after its construction, it was captured by a Muslim army that put the castle under siege. The Templars stood up to the Muslims for six days under the command of the Grand Master Gualdim Pais, who...

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