Templar Families: Landowning Families and the Order of the Temple in France, C.1120-1307

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 29, 2012 - History - 339 pages
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Founded in c. 1120, in the aftermath of the First Crusade in Jerusalem, the Order of the Temple was a Christian brotherhood dedicated to the military protection of pilgrims and the Holy Land, attracting followers and supporters throughout Christian Europe. This detailed study explores the close relationship between the Order of the Temple and the landowning families it relied upon for support. Focussing on the regions of Burgundy, Champagne and Languedoc, Jochen Schenk investigates the religious expectations that guided noble and knightly families to found and support Templar communities in the European provinces, and examines the social dynamics and mechanisms that tied these families to each other. The book illustrates the close connection between the presence of Cistercians and the incidence of crusading within Templar family networks, and offers new insights into how collective identities and memory were shaped through ritual and tradition among medieval French-speaking social elites.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Templar families
31
Chapter 2 The religious context of Templar support
75
Chapter 3 Templars and families
126
Chapter 4 Family networks
174
Chapter 5 Crusading And Its legacy In Templar families
203
Conclusion
250
Bibliography
266
Appendix
292
Index
306
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Jochen Schenk is Research Fellow (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the German Historical Institute, London, and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

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