Knights Templars

Mystery of the Knights Templars: Protectors or Treasure Hunters on a Secret Mission?

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The Knights Templars were a secret society whose true purpose remains a mystery or is at least vigorously debated among scholars and historians to this day.  The Templars left behind many clues of their actions which have been passed down through generations, hidden in ancient manuscripts and discovered by archeologists in the modern era.  Their story is one that has captured the fascination and curiosity of people throughout the ages – were they sent to the holy land in Jerusalem to protect Christians on pilgrimages, or were they sent there on secret missions by higher authorities in order to unearth lost artifacts and buried treasure under temples and sacred holy sites? 

Artist’s impression of a Templar Knight

Artist’s impression of a Templar Knight ( Wikimedia Commons )

The Knights Templars were members of a religious military order of Christian knighthood founded around 1118-1119 in Jerusalem by the French knight Hugh des Payens.  For nearly two centuries this organization was the most powerful order in the medieval world.  They were the first standing army in Europe since the fall of the Roman Empire and by the time they reached their pinnacle of power in 1300, it is said they numbered in the tens of thousands.  In the beginning, there were a total of nine founding knights who made up the organization and were all related to one another through blood or marriage.  As both monks and soldiers, they were a paradox without precedent since there had never been praying priests who took up arms who also took vows of poverty, obedience and celibacy.  Knights Templars did not surrender unless they were outnumbered three to one and believed that since they were fighting for God they would be immediately sent up to heaven upon falling in battle.

BaldwinII ceeding the location of the Temple of Solomon to Hugues de Payns and Gaudefroy de Saint-Homer. The fourth person is Warmund, Patriarch of Jerusalem.

BaldwinII ceeding the location of the Temple of Solomon to Hugues de Payns and Gaudefroy de Saint-Homer. The fourth person is Warmund, Patriarch of Jerusalem. ( Wikimedia Commons ).

Today in Europe, there are hundreds of former templar sites scattered across the continent showing how influential they were centuries ago.  At their peak, there were approximately 15,000 Templars houses with a network stretching from England to Egypt with the center of power situated in the then heart of the medieval world, France.  Conventional history says the Knights Templar’s purpose was to protect travelers traveling along the coast of the Mediterranean to Jerusalem.  In the middle ages, pilgrimages were made by westerners who had been guaranteed their safety in the city and templars protected them through the passes and mountains.  In addition to protection of the pilgrims, Templars also defended the Christian kingdom of Jerusalem and other holy sites as part of their duty.

Crusades and Escort Service

For two hundred years, the Crusades were fought in the name of God and were considered to be a clash of civilizations.  Enemies were formed between the Christian west and Muslim east, which have endured to this day.  In 1065, Jerusalem was taken by the Turks and the Christians were treated badly enough to where, throughout Christendom, people were stirred to fight and recapture the city.  Another reason for the Crusades stems from the Church‘s desire to block any Islamic incursion into Christian lands.  On November 27th 1095, Pope Urban II gave a speech in which he exhorted Christians to rise up against Muslims in the Holy Land.  At this point in time, Muslims controlled Spain and parts of Eastern Europe.  Thousands responded to the call and took up the sword but only around 1,000 ever made it to Jerusalem.  The western Christians united with the Byzantines in the east and in 1099, the Crusaders, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, captured Jerusalem back from the Turks after a five week siege.  When the holy sites were in Christian hands, Westerners began traveling to the area in record numbers.  Outside the city walls, life was dangerous and there became a need for an escort service which is when the first Knights Templars came forward. 

Pope Urbanus ll preaching the First Crusade.

Pope Urbanus ll preaching the First Crusade. ( Wikimedia Commons ).

 

Banking Back Home

During the third crusade, the Christians were decimated at the battle of Hattin.  It was the single worst military disaster in the holy land and one of the worst defeats for Christianity.  The Templars were all put to the sword by their Muslim conquerors who would go on to take the city of Jerusalem a few months later.  Subsequent crusades by later generations would come to be known as failures.  When they returned home after the first crusades in 1128, the Templars were rich and influential and answered to no one but the pope.  They also did not have to pay taxes and were allowed to cross through the borders of European countries unrestricted.  From 1150 on, they stopped guarding the road to Jerusalem.  Instead they devised a system which allowed pilgrims to travel without cash and valuables that might otherwise make them targets.  The Templars entered into the banking business and the Temples (local lodges) were established throughout Europe, drawing deposits of massive wealth.  The services the templars offered became the model for today’s banking system, money transfers, pension plans and traveler’s checks.  Their wealth made them the prominent bankers of their age and the first western multi-national corporation.  The most controversial service the Templars offered was the issuance of high profile loans.  Princes and commoners alike banked with the Templars, and many states became indebted to them.  The church, adamantly against usury at this time, looked the other way.

Comments

Being a member of SMOCH, which is founded to promote charitable work from members who are MD's, ND's, and other medical associates, are you sure of your comments? Just because it has been said by others who have an opinion , does not make it so. What I personally do is give healing sacraments for anyone and it does not cost any #$$(money) or barter of any kind. I live and pray and am a member of SMOCH, a very fine organization with its roots going back to 400BC with the Templar's who did the same thing as I do. Not all people are out for money. and evil comes into all organizations but it does not get its tail wrapped around everyone that is a member.Quite sure one must be ever watchful or get caught up in that evil. Still this was a very interesting piece. I do appreciate it. We still exist and do not hide, how else can we help others as hiding would prevent it.

You sounds so sensical, the fact that you and your societal organization helps and struggle to better the lives other people is encouraging and appealing to me.However,being the vessel in which action is attained in any setting doesn't mean the whole of the organization is like you.Is more than obvious that those flagships at the base of the pyramid are more of full of morality thus why you do what you do.Being at the pick of the pyramid is different,those folks are full of hypocrisy and only mean good in their worlds not actions.For Knights of Templar the story was the same,their action was controlled by influential selfish people at the top so is very difficult to tell their mission coz it was enshrined entirely on their leaders who were at the top.Contemporary the same applies,if they do exist then my opinion is that are well covered under the umbrella of current secret societies .My question is if they mean and meant well to society,why secret?if they do exist what is their mission,mission to be achieved in darkness?If you are indeed on their defense please answer me.

I do not disagree with you in your thinking. Guess that is why i know that evil is everywhere, as are all beings. I try my best to not be involved but even then others have opinions that try to draw me into that evil. However, what you said is you. And i am me. And we both need to be most vigilant in what we do. I still never hide and i do not believe you do either. Thank you for your response. JR

The templars were an occultic group that were destroyed and then quietly taken over by the Catholic Church/jesuits, using different covers-- Freemasons, Order of the Rose, etc. They put their own form of occultism to it and are ruling the world today through the network of secret societies.

The Templar were accused of being an occult group, an accusation totally unsubstantiated, except by confession after days of brutal torture. It is generally an accepted theory that King Philip (who started the instigations) owed the Templars a great deal of money and was angry that the Templars found him lacking in the necessary qualities to be a Templar himself.
It's a simple story of religion used as an excuse to justify atrocities that were actually done out of a lust for power and greed. The same story that is repeated over and over in Western civilization. Nothing to see here, folks.

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