The members of the Order were required to strictly adhere to a code of conduct which came to be called the ‘Latin Rule’.
This required the knights to wear a white surcoat with a red cross on the chest and to wear this garment at all times.
They were required to eat in silence, never eat meat more than thrice in a week and severe all connections with any women.
The Knights Templar were an Order was established in early 12th century in order to protect Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land.
The Order proved a formidable force during the early battles of the Crusades and was critical in helping Christian armies secure their victory.
Over time, Knights Templar grew into a vast organization with immense resources under its control and political autonomy in many matters.
It continued to exist and operate after the Crusades but came to an end when French King Philip IV launched an inquisition against the Order in early 14th century.
Backed by the Papal authority, Philip had the leading members of the Order burned at the stake and the assets of the Order seized.
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