The Rule of the Templars

The Rule of the Templars

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

J.M. Upton-Ward


Boydell Press



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 the Primitive 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 appendix by MATTHEW BENNETT discusses the military implications.

J.M. UPTON-WARD gained her M.Phil. at the University of Reading.

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October 1997
1 line illustrations
208 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in the History of Medieval Religion
ISBN: 9780851157016
Format: Paperback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037010, REL108020, HIS027000
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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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