Posted August 17th, 2017 by Suzy

After the First Crusade, culminating with the conquest of Jerusalem in 1099, they would become Latin principalities in the area, as were the counties of Edessa and Tripoli, the Principality of Antioch and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, where Baldwin was to rule as king. According to the chronicles, in the year 1118, the king of Jerusalem, Baldwin II, would welcome a group of nine French knights, led by the noble Hugo de Payens (Payns), who provide the sovereign to protect pilgrims to the Holy Land. Among the components of the group was that was so generous with Bernard of Clairvaux, to donate land to raise their own Clairvaux monastery, we mean, of course, the Count Hugh of Champagne. He also accompanied his uncle Bernard, Andre de Montbard, who later would play an important role in the Order, becoming Grand Master of the same in the year 1153, coinciding with the year of the death of Bernard of Clairvaux. It was on that date of 1118 occur when the foundation of the "Knights Templar" and that, initially, was known as the "Order of the Poor Knights of Christ" (pauperes Conmilitones Christi), but later would become known commonly as "Gentlemen Templars or Knights of the Temple of Solomon "(milites Templi Salomonis), once they were installed in the premises of the ancient temple of Solomon in Jerusalem and whose motto is:" Non nobis, Domine, Non Nobis, Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam "( Not for us, Lord, not for us, but give us your name Gloria). .

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