The Knights that Went Dark

[Day 7 in Tomar]

Once headquartered in Tomar,
The Order of the Knights Templar
Overcame Islamic domination in Portugal;
They were rewarded the castles of Almourol,
Monsanto, and Pombal.

Faced with perceived heresy,
And political upheaval,
The once mighty warrior monks’
Reputation and status were all laid lower
When the jealous King of France
Persuaded the Pope to destroy the Order.

In case you missed . . .
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

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14 thoughts on “The Knights that Went Dark

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  4. The term ‘warrior monk’ has always intrigued me. A group of warrior monks created a combat manual (I.33) which details how to use a sword and buckler. I don’t think that particular group of warrior monks were associated with the Knights Templar — the manual has a German origin. You were able to go inside the castle?

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