The Templar Knights were a monastic order, formed near the end of the First Crusade to protect Christian pilgrims on the route to the Holy Land, they were also called the Poor Knights of Christ, the Temple of Solomon, and la Milice du Christ. This was the first time a group of secular knights banded together and took the monastic vows. In this sense they were the first of the Warrior Monks. The Templars fought
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swords will display a stylized Christian cross while others a triangle and cross. Frequently Templar swords are engraved with the owner's initials on the grip. Templar sword knuckle guards typically depict the cross and crown but many of the later swords show a knight's head. The blade of the Templar sword is particularly ornate and will often depict crusader scenes and lily work. Virtually every Templar sword will carry the engraved name of its owner.