How Did Bernard de Clairvaux Influenced the Knights Templar
How Did Bernard de Clairvaux Influence the Knights Templar
After the First Crusade, more pilgrims visited the Holy Land than ever before. Because they were vulnerable, many of these pilgrims were targeted, and they lost their belongings and, in some cases, their lives. Hugues de Payens summoned a group of knights with his eight relatives. They requested permission from Jerusalem’s King Baldwin II to protect the pilgrims.
Hugues de Payens travelled throughout Europe, meeting with noblemen and rulers. He was successful in enlisting the services of a large number of new knights. As a result, when he became convinced of Christian culture, he frequently assisted Bernard de Clairvaux.
Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard was a native of France. He is a member of a noble family. He was the founder of the Cistercian monastic order, which was reforming at the time. The distance between Bernard of Clairvaux and the Knights of the Temple isn’t as great as it appears. Hugh de Payens was born in the same region as Bernard’s family. My guess is that they knew each other before Bernard left for Citeaux. Hugh of Champagne, who had left his lordship to join the Templars in Jerusalem, is also known to Bernard. He gave Bernard the land on which he would build his Clairvaux.
Hugh spent their life peacefully in the Court. In 1125, everything was give to the high, like the first Grand Master of the Templars, power, wife, or fight in Crusades. In 1129, Bernard was present at the Council of Troyes to witness the Templars’ official recognition. Bernard was written as the rule for the knights templar life. He wrote the rule “Saint Benedict” which described that the monk who lived communally under an abbot’s authority.
Now the rules changing in the knight templars life history. Bernard de Clairvaux’s encouragement was what the Templars needed to become such a powerful order.
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