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The Templars And The Crusades

The New Knighthood


Prior to the Templars' formation the concept of a fighting monk was completely unheard of, resulting in some scepticism from elements of the church. The role of monks was always one of peaceful spirituality rather than bloodshed and violence. When questioned by an assembly of Churchman, including the Pope, at the Council of Troyes, Hugues de Payens answered by providing insight into the exact purpose of the Templars and the Rule that had previously governed their existence. Up to that point Templar existence had been surprisingly frugal for men used to the life of nobility. Influenced by Clairvaux the council drew up a series of regulations, now known as the Latin Rule, henceforth used as the guiding principle of the new order. The Rule contained 73 clauses, each one dictating the way the order, both individually and collectively, would operate. The clauses included were heavily influenced by the Cistercian order, although allowing for the new mentality of its members being able to fight in battle. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote of the new order that:

‘A Templar Knight is a truly fearless knight, and secure on every side, for his soul is protected by the armour of faith, just as his body is protected by the armour of steel.’