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The Templars
 The Templars

The Templars


In just two centuries, following its appearance after the First Crusade in 1119 until its disappearance in 1312, the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ, more commonly known as the Order of the Temple, went from being a small, defensive Christian military unit (its mission was to protect pilgrims visiting Jerusalem) to a hugely powerful organization with significant political, economic, and military interests spread across Europe and Near East.

The main administrative unit of the Knight Templar was the trust-a type of medieval fief that was generally established  from donations. Trust were divided into "bailiwicks", which in turn were divided into "provinces", The commander was responsible for governing and administering these fiefs, sending the profits to the headquarters of the Order, in addition to the religious head.