The Knights Templar
Medieval Cult or Modern Nemesis?
Smashwords Edition By M.E. Brines
Copyright 2011 by M.E. Brines
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The Order of the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon (or Knights Templar) are one of history’s most secret and conspiratorial brotherhoods. Founded by French nobleman Hugues de Payens in the Year of Our Lord 1118 as the first military-religious order in Western Christendom, their mission was to defend pilgrims in the Holy Land.
The knights originally numbered only nine and were so poor they had to share horses. Their original seal depicted two knights riding the same horse.
Placing themselves under command of Baldwin I, the crusader King of Jerusalem, they were given quarters in the al-Aqsa Mosque, known today as the Dome of the Rock, which at the time was thought to be the temple of Solomon.