English Historical Fiction Authors: The Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem

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On October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of all the Knights Templar in his realm. It was the start of a campaign that would end in the total annihilation of this once powerful religious order. In remembrance, I offer a short history of the Knights Templar.

After the establishment of the Kingdom of Jerusalem following the First Crusade, pilgrims flooded to the newly freed Holy Land, but the situation was far from stable and the secular authorities were unable to guarantee the safety of pilgrims who ventured out upon the dangerous roads from Jerusalem to other pilgrimage sites such as Jericho and Nazareth. In 1115 Hugues de Payens, a Burgundian knight, and Sir Godfrey de St. Adhemar, a Flemish knight, decided to join forces and form a band of sworn brothers dedicated to protecting pilgrims. They soon recruited seven other knights, all men like themselves – stranded in the Holy Land without wealth or land, and allegedly so poor that Payens and St. Adhemar had only one horse between them. In 1118 the King of Jerusalem gave them…

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One thought on “English Historical Fiction Authors: The Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem

  1. They were indeed a fierce order, and must have terrified their enemies. They should have known how they would end up though. jealousy and betrayal were everyday events in the 14th century, and the Catholic Church has a good track record in that area.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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