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Posted: 08-Nov-2009, 04:14 PM
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The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici), commonly known as the Knights Templar or the Order of the Temple (French: Ordre du Temple or Templiers), were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders. The organization existed for approximately two centuries in the Middle Ages.

Officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church around 1129, the Order became a favored charity throughout Christendom, and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Non-combatant members of the Order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom, innovating financial techniques that were an early form of banking, and building many fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land.

The Templars' existence was tied closely to the Crusades; when the Holy Land was lost, support for the Order faded. Rumors about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created mistrust, and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, took advantage of the situation. In 1307, many of the Order's members in France were arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and then burned at the stake. Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V disbanded the Order in 1312. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends, which have kept the "Templar" name alive into the modern day.

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Posted: 03-Nov-2010, 08:53 AM
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In 1307 the day of this attack on the Templars was Friday 13th, hence its long standing association with bad luck. Many Templars escaped the persecution by fleeing to Scotland, King Robert the Bruce had fallen out with the Pope. he was therefore only to happy to give refuge to the templars. In the Kilmartin valley in Argyllshire there are many grave stones bearing Templar symbols-such as a depiction of a sword-as is the way with Templar grave stones.In the countryside south of Edinburgh there is a village named Temple, and also Roslin has many alleged associations with the Templars.


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Posted: 28-Feb-2012, 10:43 AM
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I had the great chance to visit Malta this summer with my family. The Templar Knights were given the island in 1530 by Charles V. It was a treat to see some of their tombs and grave markers in the cathedrals. I hope to read up more about them soon.
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