Knights Templar symbols
Anyone familiar with the history of Christianity knows that the symbol of the cross has been used in a variety of different ways. Even prior to the time of Crusades there were stories about crosses miraculously showing up on the garments of particularly worthy individuals. There could have been nothing more suitable for crusading armies than to implement crosses as a visual distinction. Abbot Guibert in his History of Jerusalem (1.5) says that Pope Urban II instituted this sign both as an indicator of military distinction and a symbol that would help Christian knights fight with greater valor for God’s cause. The abbot clarifies that the pope ordered the figure of the cross to be cut out of any material (ex cujuslibet materia) and sown onto tunics and cloaks of the members of the expedition.
Fulcher of Chartres wrote: “O, how fitting and how pleasing it was for us all to see those crosses, stitched in silk or in gold, or made out of any kind of material, which the Pilgrims, following the order of the Pope, fashioned on their shoulders after pledging to set out on this march”.
It is quite evident that there was no specific color or design required of the Crusaders. If any of the original nine members of the Knights Templar Order came to Palestine during the First crusade they would have worn crosses on their garments, but there is nothing to be said about how exactly those crosses looked. [click to continue…]
Ancient Medieval Knight’s
Crown Shield Ring!
Surely, they have some kind of certificate of authenticity proving that the ring in question really belonged to a) a Knight b) who participated in a Crusade.
It is much harder, however, to find a ring that even pretends to be a Templar ring. Primarily because there is so much masonic stuff, totally obscuring anything that could actually be valuable as a medieval object.
FilmSwords is a company makes medieval decorative swords “as seen in the movies.” This makes me believe that the Swedish film “Arn: The Knight Templar” is more popular than I thought.
Peter Johnsson (who works as designer for Albion) modelled it on a type of sword being used at the end of the 1100s. A well-known representative of this type exists and is preserved in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: the sword of Saint Maurice, part of the imperial regalia of the Holy Roman Empire.
Arn was given his sword by his master and mentor, monk and one-time Templar, Brother Guilbert.
The sword bears an inscription “In hoc signo vinces” – “With this sign though shall be victorious.” This motto is not exclusively a Templar device, but it was somewhat favored by the Knights of the Temple. Other than that I have nothing to say about the authenticity of the sword. Buy at your own risk!
For a very serious Templar buff, there are functional swords, such as this one by Marco of Toledo: