The Rule of the Templars
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208 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

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Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion

Series Vol. Number: 7

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Rule of the Templars

The French Text of the Rule of the Order of the Knights Templar

by J.M. Upton-Ward

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Both monastic rule and military manual, the Rule is a unique document and an important historical source.

The Order of the Knights Templar, whose original purpose was to protect pilgrims to the Holy Land, was first given its own Rule in 1129, formalising the exceptional combination of soldier and monk. This translation of Henri de Curzon's 1886 edition of the French Rule is derived from the three extant medieval manuscripts. Both monastic rule and military manual, the Rule is a unique document and an important historical source. It comprises thePrimitive Rule, Hierarchical Statutes, Penances, Conventual Life, the Holding of Ordinary Chapters, Further Details on Penances, and Reception into the Order. There are details of clothing, armour and equipment; instructions on conduct while on campaign; information on the daily life of members of the order and on the discipline which made it a formidable fighting force. The Rule evolved over almost 150 years of the Order's history, and is thus a dynamic piece of work, showing how the Templars adapted to political change and formulated their disciplinary code.
An introduction gives the historical background to the Rule and summarises the various sections. An appendixby MATTHEW BENNETT discusses the military implications.

J.M. UPTON-WARD gained her M.Phil. at the University of Reading.
"An important source for the history of the military orders." ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
"We've got here the most sophisticated rule book, which knocks the road traffic act into the shade. TIME TEAM [Channel 4, at Templecombe]" .

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October 1997

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Title Details

208 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

1 line.

Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion

Series Vol. Number: 7

Imprint: Boydell Press