The Knights Templar
When people think of the Knights Templar they tend to think about things like what is portrayed in National Treasure. Hidden treasure, secrets, and above all else mystery. In all actuality the Knights Templar was to start out warrior to protect the Holy Land (Jerusalem) and when that fell their purpose was to get it back. The people that were members of the order could be compared to what is now called a volunteer. They were paid very little if anything. The actual order could be compared to a non-profit organization. They received donations maybe even government support but didn’t distribute the money to others.
The Knight Templar was started before the name was given to them. When the first crusade took Jerusalem there was a large amount of pilgrims traveling and “were often robbed or came closer to GOD then they intended“ With the need arising Hughes De Payns and Geoffrey de Saint-Omar decided to guard the most dangerous spot of all them. This spot was known as the Athlit Pass. This was the start of something great. (Templiers)
When the King of Jerusalem returned in 1118 he granted these men part of his palace inside of Salomons Temple. Many believe this is where they got their name. In the beginning the Orders mission was to protect the Holy Lands pilgrims from being robbed. In 1129 Hughes De Payns (now the orders grand master.), went to the Council of Troyes headed by Pope Honorius II. It was there that the church officially approved the formation of the Knights Templar. As time went on, and the increased aggressive behavior of the different tribes they were assigned a new mission, to protect the Holy Land. (Howarth.)
When the Catholic church approved the creation of the Templar. They split them up into 72 different Chapters. As De Payns traveled to different countries such as England, and France he received several gifts such as houses, gold, silver and land. In a very short time everyone in Europe knew of the Templar’s and wanted join them. As the years went by the number of Knights grew at an incredible pace. Noble men and kings were still pouring money into the order. The fame of the Templar was unmatched to anyone. The order was known for having the “bravest warriors in all of Europe”. Now the Templar’s being fated to fight more formidable warriors than ever before. In the city of Gaza they were surrounded by thousands of warriors of the Arab race. Then one night they dropped the gates to the city and charged. The Templar’s slaughtered them. (Addison)
The Knights Templar was much more than just fighters. They were known as the war monks. In the time of war they fought but in the time of peace they kept their peace. With the vast wealth of the order they started giving loans. A man named Count Julian of Sidon was known as a rich man with a[n] “expensive taste”. He took very large loan with the Templar and in exchange he gave up an entire city! The city of Sidon. Later they took his castle in Beaufort....