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Knights Templar

Group   From 1119 To 1312

The Templars were founded in 1119 to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land. The seal of the knights incorporated the image of a horse with two riders, the knights originally being too poor to have a horse each.
By papal decree the Knights Templar were dissolved in 1312 and much of their property was given to the Hospitallers. In effect the two orders merged.

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