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History of the Knights Templar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chroniclers write that Hugues de Payens approached King Baldwin II of Jerusalem (reign began in 1118) with eight knights, two of whom were brothers and all of whom were his relatives by either blood or marriage, in order to form the Order of the Knights Templar. The other knights were Godfrey de Saint-Omer, Payen de Montdidier, Archambaud de St. Agnan, Andre de Montbard, Geoffrey Bison, and two men recorded only by the names of Rossal and Gondamer. Baldwin approved the Order

Convento de Cristo...Knights Templar,Portugal...renamed their order Knights of Christ

Castle of the Knights Templar - Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James)

Around 1119 A.D., King Baldwin II of Jerusalem agreed to grant the request to form a monastic order for the protection of the pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land in Jerusalem. This request of this new order came from a French knight Hugues de Payens and his relative Godfrey de Saint-Omer. The Order took the name of Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, or "Templar" knights.

Knight Templar - stained glass