Friday, October 28, 2011

historical Knights Templar - multicultural by character

source: www.knightstemplarvault.com Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The recent events in Norway are extremely disturbing in their own right. But it should not go unnoticed that the historic order of the Knights Templar has been once again grossly misunderstood and misrepresented. The issue is very complex, of course, and the history of the Crusades will forever remain a subject of debates. It is very important to remember, however, that if someone were to pick a symbol of anti-multiculturalism, choosing the Knights Templar is simply ridiculous. In fact, you'd be better off blaming these knights for being the original multiculturalists! Here is one excellent tidbit of history to illustrate this point.

Usama ibn Munqidh, Amir of Shaizar (1095–1188) included an interesting story in his autobiographical "Book of Instruction with illustrations" which can be found in Francesco Gabrieli's "Arab Historians of the Crusades", p.48 of the English translation published by Routledge in 2010. Usama relates how, while being in Jerusalem, he used to go to the al-Aqsa mosque, which was controlled by the Templars who were his "friends." They would always provide a small room for Usama's prayers. One day, as he began to pray, a Frank grabbed him and turned him to face east, adding "That is the way to pray!" (Muslims, of course, turn in the direction of the Kaaba). Several Templars immediately interfered and Usama was able to proceed with his prayers. As soon as they stopped monitoring the Frankish intruder, he once again forcefully turned the Muslim around. At this time, the Templars took the Frank away and apologized to Usama, explaining that the man had just arrived today and was unfamiliar with the customs of Islam.
I would like to point out that Usama is telling this story in order to illustrate "Frankish barbarism," so from a historian's point of view this account gains credibility when it comes to assessing the degree of tolerance displayed by the Templars.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

France

Many sites on Templars in France (Templiers en France) can be found on the internet, especially ones that mix scrupulously truth and myth, sence and nonsense, fact and fabrication. Such sites will not be mentioned on this blog.
At the same time I have realized that, although France does not really belong to the area covered by this site, the influence of French Templars did -and still does-  expand north of the actual French territory.
So I have come to realize that certain French sites deserve and even need to be presented here. Simply because, to my humble opinion, they have special importance for getting to know better the true history of Knights Templar in north-western Europe, as well as understand better the continuing precense of their footprint today and its meaning for modern man.

Therefore, after ample consideration, I have added a special page on France.
May it grow and be relevant to all seeking the truth about the meaning of the Knights Templar.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13 - Templar Anniversary

"This date in Templar history - the 13th of October is the day, in the year 1307, that the arrests of this great Order began. The arrest and the subsequent trials, based on false charges as was recently admitted by the Vatican,  lead to the deaths of many noble Knights Templar. Amongst them the last Grand Master, Jacques de Molay.
Dr Karen Ralls, medieval historian and curator consultant (Oxford, England), and Trustee, Templar Heritage Trust UK offers a short historical 'statement' about Grand Master de Molay. "

read further on www.osmth.org

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Chivalry today

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This day we offer a challenge to all worthy folk. Show the world that chivalry is not dead. Perform one or more of these acts of chivalry every day, strive to live up to these noble ideals:

Prowess: Whatever you endeavour to do, do it well and with the best ability you possess. Strive to improve that ability in your at every opportunity. Show your discipline and then share it to help others become as skilled as you are. Two skilled people working as a team are better than one person of equal skill working alone.

Courtesy: Remember to be polite and helpful to everyone you come across; yes even to those who make you mad. Now there is a worthy challenge! Try to remember to be courteous to your loved ones too. Often we neglect the ones dearest to us because we take them for granted.

Strength: Be strong in your convictions. Be strong in standing up for what you believe and show the world your strength in chivalric virtue. The greatest strength comes from within and from those close to you. Muscles don’t mean a thing without strength of will and spirit.

Charity: Perform selfless acts of kindness. Find a good charity and donate time, money, goods or services. There are people out there always worse off than you or I and one just never knows when you’ll need a kind soul to perform a charitable act for you. You reap what you sow.

Largesse: Why not buy someone a gift outside of some special occasion, holiday or festive time? Think about the things you buy yourself and then think of the last time you surprised someone with something as simple as a card. Why wait for birthdays, Christmas or weddings? Give a friend or family member a gift out of the blue. Buy them a meal or take them to a movie. Show your generosity and prove that people mean more to you than property or possessions.

These are just five virtues of chivalry that we challenge you to undertake. Feel free to do more. It was Sir Geofroi de Charny, chevalier of France and bearer of the sacred Oriflamme and author of the 14thC Book of Chivalry who said, “He who does more is most worthy”.

Rise up to these challenges and perhaps someday our paths may cross on our emprise.

Source: The Sovereign Order of the Knights of Justice

Monday, October 3, 2011

Après l'exposition "Champagne !", place aux "Templiers"

Avec 23 360 visiteurs, l'exposition « Champagne ! Trois siècles d'histoire », a rempli sa mission. Place, l'an prochain, à une exposition sur les Templiers


L'exposition estivale sur le champagne a non seulement célébré le centenaire de la révolte des vignerons mais elle a également imposé l'Hôtel-Dieu et les expositions du conseil général de l'Aube comme un rendez-vous culturel incontournable de l'été aubois. Après Archives et vitrail, en 2009 (17 000 visiteurs), Topinambours et rutabagas (2010, 12 000 visiteurs), Champagne ! marque une étape décisive.

source www.lest-ecalir.fr