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Soldiers of Christ

THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR

These possible guardians of the Grail rose from mysterious beginnings to a powerful political zenith, and their tale is shrouded in myth. Read on to discover the true story of the order of the Knights Templar…

ACTION HEROES The Knights Templar boasted elite warriors, who saw themselves as the protectors of the Holy Land

From humble beginnings, the members of the Knights Templar established themselves as the protectors of pilgrims and earned a hard won reputation as ferocious frontline fighters during the Crusades. Ultimately, however, they were abandoned by the Pope and violently snu ed from existence by a French King who was in their debt.

History and modern literature have scarcely been kinder, painting the Templar in shady hues and implicating it in sinister plots involving missing treasure and holy relics – including the Holy Grail. But who were these warriors, and what was their real role in the Grail tale?

THE GRAND MASTER Hugues de Payens, founder and Grand Master of the Knights Templar

72 The number of clauses that defined the expected behaviour of Templar Knights

PILGRIM PROTECTION

The Knights Templar was a Christian military order and one of the most feared combat forces in medieval times. The order was founded by a French knight, Hugues de Payens, on Christmas Day 1119, ostensibly to provide protection to vulnerable Christian pilgrims who were being attacked and sometimes slaughtered by bandits while travelling to Jerusalem, recently captured during the First Crusade.

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