Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The Knights Templar in England

The Knights Templar played a substantial part in England's Heritage, English Kings played a large part in the order of the Knights Templar. King Henry II granted the Templar's land in England including the territory of Castle Baynard of the rive Fleet. The Templar's built Church's cross England with patterns based on their headquarters on Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The Knights Templar Headquarters was moved from Temple Mount to New Temple, now known as Temple Church in London which was built in the design after the Church on the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in 1184. it was granted a sacred place a year later.

King Richard I welcomed the Templar's and granted the immunity from accusations and trails foe danegeld, murdum and latrocinium.

king john had finical dealings with the Templar he was also a resident of the Temple in Runnymede

King Henry III entrusted his military force, finical and diplomatic Commons to the Templar's, he even considered being buried in the Temple.

the Templar's lead a very influential reign within England. When the persecution on the Knights Templar began across the Holy Land King Edward refused to believe the accusations made by King Philip IV of France, it was only after the involvement of Pope Clement V that King Eward reluctantly ordered the seizure of the members of the Knights Templar, however only a handful where arrested across England.

The Templar survived in England after King Philip IV disbanded the order. The order the Templar's across England dissolved due the reputation they where left with so many of the members joined the safety other christian orders and found new places in society.

through mythology it is said that there were many secret meetings by members left in Templar Order after the dissolution in hidden locations. Hertfordshire holds a warren of Templar tunnels beneath the town, all centering Hertford Castle where 4 Templar's were imprisoned after there arrest by Edward II through belief that the Templar's were holding lost treasures.
Royston Cave shows carvings depicting Knights, Saint George, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Before the persecution it is safe to assume that the Templar's had no need to hid in caves, the possibility for fugitive Templar's to have held secret meetings below the town. after the perscution is a very likely explanation.

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