comes from the Knights Templar history in France
when the Pope rounded up all Knights Templars and accused them of
heresy. The Pope dissolved the order in 1312.
The Biscuit - comes from Knights
Templar history- from the time of the crusade where the Knights Templar
would make a large flat bread and bake it twice to prevent it from
going moldy. It was an adaptation from the unleaveded bread used
in the Eucharist and is used today by the Culdee priests who are
Chaplains to the Templars.
According to Historical records the Order of the Knights of the Temple
of Jerusalem was originally founded in 1118 by Hugo de Payens and
Godfrey de St. Omar, who persuaded King Baldwin I of Jerusalem to allow
them to establish themselves and their companions in the Royal Palace.
The Palace was situated on the site of the Al'Aqsa Mosque, rumored to
be the Temple of Solomon, this is reputed to be where the title Templar
The 12th Century Order originally consist of
Knights who had to be of Noble birth, or were
the Grand Master for chivalry conduct. Knights would wear a Bronze Ring
Sergeants who were drawn from the middle classes and were the
grooms. Stewards of the Order and the Clerics who were the Chaplains
taking charge of the non-military aspects of the Order.
Emblem of the Knights was a Red Cross on a white background with
the Sergeants having a Red Cross on a black background. These classes
were later extended to five with a Knightly Class consisting of Knights
joining either for a set period of time (to fulfill a Quest) or who
were in their advancing years and wished to spend their final days as
part of the Order; and an additional non-military class composed of the
Craftsmen and Artisans necessary for the smooth running of the lands
and Estates owned by the Templars.
The Knights Templars are reputed to be the founders of some of the
first banks, Bankers of the Levant (encompassing the Holy Land). With
the arrival of the Second and Third Crusades, the Templars were
perceived in some quarters to have hedged their bets, as they were
bankers not only to the local Christian population, but to many of the
Saracen Merchants as well. True to the banking profession they took
money from anyone wishing to deposit.
The Banking System operated with the Templars taking an agreed charge
on all monies held, thus ensuring that the Order never ran out of
funds: All parties were satisfied with this arrangement. Any monies
subject to international transactions were sent under Templar guard to
the nearest Preceptory in the appropriate region. Monies and jewels
were thus able to move freely throughout the Levant and Europe with
very little risk thus further enhancing the standing of the Knights.
The Trial of Jacques de Molay
After his arrest on
10th October 1307, Jacques de Molay 'confessed' to many things in order
to avoid the torture chamber. The trials and the 'confessions' had been
proclaimed and public opinion was firmly against the Templars. The only
concession the Pope was able to extract from Philip was that all
Templar holdings be returned to the Church. Philip conceded this and
the property fell into the possession of the Hospitallers.
After much political manipulation the Knights Templars in most of
Europe were extinguished and became the victim of politics.
Jacques de Molay suffered for seven years in captivity after which he
was burnt at the stake on 11th March 1314 along with a number of his
former Priors. During the execution he recanted and cursed both
the Pope and the King promising they would meet him at the final
judgment within the Year: A prophesy which was fulfilled.
MORE AT : http://www.knightstemplar-uk.co.uk/history.html
Members of the Knights
Templar associated with TTI will wear dress as
approved by the Director. The TTI patch or pin should be
along with optional
Templar red cross on
all uniforms. For special occasions, a white cape with the
historic Templar red cross may be worn by those with the rank of
Knight or above. Those
of the rank of Knight or higher will be
addressed as Sir or Ma'am by all members.
Modern Templar Knight in