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The Knights Templar trace their origin back to shortly after the First Crusade. Around 1119, a French nobleman from the Champagne region, Hugues de Payens, collected eight of his knighted relatives including Godfrey de Saint-Omer, and began the Order, their stated mission to protect pilgrims on their journey to visit the Holy Places.

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

Shroud of Turin. The Shroud first came to light when in possession of the De Charney family of Lirey in France during the 1350's. What an overwhelming coincidence that the De Charney's are the same family as Geoffroi De Charney, Knights Templar Master and Preceptor of Normandy who was burnt at the stake with Jacques de Molay, overall Grand Master of the Knights Templar.Read the book The Second Messiah