This website is dedicated to the history of the medieval Order of the Knights Templar (Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici). If you are looking for a concise and accurate historic account of this famous chivalric organization be sure to check out my book Legends of the Knights Templar. It also contains a definitive collection of myths and stories that made the Order so popular.
My personal interest in this topic initially stemmed from working on a leisurely project — translation of Nicholas Guertler’s Historia Templariorum (History of the Templars), an antique late 17th century book which represents a very early attempt at an ‘unbiased’ treatise of the order’s history. There are some excerpts from this book on this site. You will also find articles covering different aspects of the Order’s early years, specific battles in which the Knights participated, and finally their trial in the early 14th century. Some materials deal with Medieval History in general: books, movies, manuscripts, online resources, works of art etc.
I never stay away from discussing dubious and mythical conceptions regarding the Middle Ages and the Knights Templar, although I tend to be rather skeptical. Primary sources are my personal favorite. I like to translate these texts from their original Latin and make them available in English (sometimes for the first time) on this site. It is my hope that they will be of value to researchers and enthusiasts. For additional content and a way to submit your inquiries, be sure to join the site’s FaceBook page. You can also support this site in many other ways. If you would like to be notified whenever new articles are posted on this site, use this simple service powered by WordPress.org.
Here are some of the most popular pages on this site:
- Legends of the Knights Templar
Obscure historic narratives and local legends about the Order.
- Knights Templar Absolution
The Chinon Parchment within the context of the Order’s history.
- History of the Knights Templar at a glance
Most important events in the 200 year history of the Order.
- Knights Templar cross
Learn about the history of the most important symbol used by the KT.
- Famous Knights Templar
- Veritas vos liberabit
Was it ever a KT motto?
- Knights’ Templar prayer
How did the Knights Templar pray during the darkest hours of their history?
- Medieval torture methods applied to the Templars
The KT were accused of various crimes a many of them made confessions. Learn about the methods of torture applied to prisoners during the Middle Ages.
- Washington monument inscriptions: Welsh and Latin
The Washington monument in Washington D.C. features a curious inscription. What does it say? What does it mean? Is there a Templar connection?
- Templar tours
Are you determined to embark on a unique adventure in the near future? If you have a passion for medieval history and unsolved mysteries you should look into one of the many Templar-themed tours that are available today.
- 10 things you’d have to give up to become a Knight Templar
How does your determination and valor stack up against the values of these brave men?
- How can I become a Knight Templar? One of the most frequently asked questions.
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