Don’t like beards, well you wouldn’t have been able to join the Knights Templar!
Well it’s not completely true – if you are one of those people who finds growing a beard challenging then you would have been able to join the ‘Order of the Knights Templar’ – but only if you were a knight already!
Becoming A ‘Templar Knight’
Not many people know that the ‘Knights Templar‘ did not have a traditional dubbing ceremony ‘Ceremony where Squire’s are Knighted’ – there was no apprenticeship either!
To become a Templar knight you had to be an established knight already – and a pretty good one at that if you were going to have any chance of staying alive!
Rule’s, Rules and More Rules!
The Templars organization was a very militaristic order and there were a lot and lots of rules, although growing a beard was not one of them!
Growing a beard did however become something of a trend, rather than a rigid rule.
Growing a big bushy beard became something of a custom for Templar Knights – Maybe they thought it made them look even harder than they already were – or it was just the ‘Templar Style’!
In any case you wouldn’t want to look out of place if everyone else had a manly Beard!
So many Templars adopted the ‘Templar Beard Style’.
Order of the knights templar
Templar Beards and the Facts!
In fact Templar Knights were described by‘Alberic of Trois-Fontaines’ in around the Year 1240 as looking like an ‘order of bearded brethren’!
Also no less than 76 Templar knights are described as sporting a beard during an interrogation by papal commissioners in the early 14th Century.