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28 October 2014
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Hertfordshire's Templar mystery

The history of the religio-military order of the Knights Templar is compelling. Inextricably combined with other similar 12th Century chivalrous orders such as the Hospitallers and the Teutonic Knights, they bring the age of the Crusades to colourful life. But it was not all picture-book colour and glamour. Blood, sweat and tears were shed in unimaginable torrents and the chronicles of their past are veiled in mystery.

The Order of the Knights Templar was founded by a French Nobleman, Hugh de Payens and eight companion knights in Jerusalem in 1118 or 1119 AD as official protectors to pilgrims as they journeyed to Jerusalem. And, whilst this principle of protection was laudable, historic chronicles have proved pitiless to their memory.

In 1308, the disbandment of the Templars was demanded by the King of France, Philip the Fair, and a significant part of the demise of the English Knights Templar in the 13th Century, took place in Hertfordshire under the orders of King Edward II. More...

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Your comments

1 Leon from USA - 13 February 2004
"What is the real connection with the templar, the cathars, rennes le chateau, Mary Magdaline and the holy grail secrets"

2 Michel La Rue from Lydd, Romney Marsh - 21 January 2004
"Piers Paul Read wrote a book entitled "The Templars" which was published in 2000 - check Abebooks for other titles. PPR consulted a great deal of source material and (from memory - I read his book some time ago) implies that a major reason for their abolition lay in the greed of the French and English monarchs for the property of what had, by then, become a comparatively wealthy order. "

3 Alexandra from Ukraine - 20 January 2004
"Hello! I think Templars were really everywhere because the world was in need of knights. Knighthood was the magnificent establishment. It was the marvellous effort of enthusiasm and virtue that in present days seems to be just a noble madness. But during anarchical times knights were the protectors of widows, orphans and weak people, menace to robbers. They gave the hope to every men and woman. That’s why I’m very thankful to BBC for creating such interesting and helpful articles and broadcasts. And I wish everyone to find real friends and (please) keep your eyes and hearts open in order to discover yourselves."

4 P Morrison from - 16 January 2004
"Someone must know more and I refuse to believe they were simply marauder hoodlums looking for a battle, booty, plunder and rape ... indeed, they founded and funded charitable organizations and they did search for genuine relics of judaeo-christianity, in spite of the arabs claiming the holy land was abandoned by christians....I think we owe it to them to investigate, report, and do better memorial service to their efforts ... "

"Any recent comprehensive books ?? "

5 Clive Cavanagh from UK - 16 January 2004
"The Knights Templar and the Hospitillar Order of the Knights of St.John were both important orders in the Crusades in the Middle East. The Teutonic Order were a minor player having only three castles in the area and cannot really be considered as being relevant in the area at all. They were more involved in the surpression of the Poles and much blood letting in Prussia. It is difficult to find anything chivalrous to say about the Teutonic Knights and their impact in the area and perhaps the best thing that could have happened to them was their defeat at the hands of Ghenghiz Khan at Liegnitz in (and I am at work now so cannot be sure) 1179. "

6 Russell from Dallas, Texas - 14 January 2004
"I`d been led to believe the order was formed in Chartres. Is this correct? "

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