History Revealed - - THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR -

The Tem­plars are granted pa­pal recog­ni­tion and an of­fi­cial Rule at the Coun­cil of Troyes. Their most im­por­tant early pa­tron, Ab­bot Bernard of Clair­vaux, is in­stru­men­tal in both, lob­by­ing Pope Hono­rius II in the Tem­plars’ favour and help­ing Hugh de Payns to con­struct a set of pre­cepts based on the Rule of Bernard’s own or­der. In a later let­ter writ­ten “in praise of the new knight­hood”, Bernard de­scribes the Tem­plar ideal of a re­li­gious war­rior, who would wage “a two-fold com­bat, against flesh and blood and against spir­i­tual hosts of evil in the heav­ens”.

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