posted on Sep, 20 2004 @ 05:03 AM
Facts speak louder than Fiction ?
(2) A New Order is Created
"The Templars came into existence in Jerusalem during the aftermath of the First Crusade. Their Order of Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon grew
from a group of pious soldiers who fathered in Jerusalem during the second decade of the twelfth century. They undertook the duty of protecting
pilgrims on the dangerous roads between Jaffa, where they landed on the coast of Palestine, and Jerusalem. They lived under the religious rule known
as that of St Augustine, and they had help and guidance from the canons of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem."
- Peter Partner, The Murdered Magicians
"In 1104 the Count of Champagne had met in conclave with certain high-ranking nobles, at least one of whom had just returned from Jerusalem...Also
present was the liege lord of André de Montbard."
- Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail
"Immediately after this conclave Hughes traveled to the Holy Land, where he remained until 1108. He returned there briefly in 1114, than went back to
Champagne and donated the Clairvaux site to St. Bernard. Four years later - according to the official story - his vassal and possible relation, Hughes
de Payens, with André de Montbard and seven companions, set out on their mission and formed the embryonic Knights Templar. In 1125 Hughes of Champagne
himself joined the new Order."
- Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince, Turin Shroud - In Whose Image? The Shocking Truth Unveiled
Hughes de Payens, also from Champagne, was a member of a cadet branch of the Counts of Troyes.
"A document of 1123 refers to Hughes as 'Master of the knights of the Temple' ['Magister Militum Templi'] - it is perhaps significant that
'Magister Militum' had been the title of the commander-in-chief of the later Roman Empire] but his little band was merely a voluntary brotherhood
and recent research seems to indicated that they were having difficulty in finding recruits and were on the verge of dissolution. Hughes had come
about another crusade, not to ask for a rule.
- Desmond Seward, The Monks of War
"The Templars "chose the name militia templi - soldiers of the Temple - after the temple supposedly built by Solomon in Jerusalem, near which they
had been assigned quarters by the King."
- John J. Robinson, Born in Blood
The full original title of new order was Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonis, the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of
"Their first duty was to protect the road to Jerusalem, but it was not long before they assumed the role of a volunteer police force."
- Noel Currer-Briggs, The Shroud and the Grail - A Modern Quest for the True Grail
"Certain noblemen of knightly rank, devoted to God, professed a wish to live in chastity, obedience and without property in perpetuity, binding
themselves in the hands of the lord patriarch to the service of Christ in the manner of secular canons. Among these, the first and most important were
the venerable men, Hughes de Payens and Godefroi de Saint-Omer. Since they did not have a church, not a settled place to live, the king [of Jerusalem,
Baldwin II] conceded a temporary dwelling to them in his palace, which he had below the Temple of the Lord, to the south side....The first element of
their profession enjoined on them for the remission of their sins by the lord patriarch and the other bishops, was that they should protect the roads
and routes to the utmost of their ability against the ambushes of thieves and attackers, especially in regard to the safety of pilgrims."
- William, Archbishop of Tyre
[edit on 20-9-2004 by billmcelligott]