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  • Who Were The Knights Templar? (Sunday History Read)

    07/21/2002 10:01:31 AM PDT · by Hacksaw · 156 replies · 7,348+ views ^ | undated | Stephen Dafoe and Alan Butler
    The Knights Templar were a monastic military order formed at the end of the First Crusade with the mandate of protecting Christian pilgrims on route to the Holy Land. Never before had a group of secular knights banded together and took monastic vows. In this sense they were the first of the Warrior Monks. From humble beginnings of poverty when the order relied on alms from the traveling pilgrims, the order would go on to have the backing of the Holy See and the collective European monarchies. Within two centuries they had become powerful enough to defy all but...