The Knights Templars
In a span of about 200 years, a group of knights became a powerful force in the Christian world and then were disbanded just as quickly as they formed. What is remarkable about them is their role in Christianity and how they lived their life day to day.
Interestingly, the knights who fought in the Crusades were welcomed back home and assigned to defend the regions of the Christian kingdom. Instead of living
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military order. The grand master of the order bravely admitted to lying about his guilt; he was declared a relapsed heretic, arrested, and burned at the stake. The bravery shown by the members of the Templars is obvious by the actions their leader took.
As an interesting aside, most of the property and men eventually fell into the hands of the Order of Hospitallers, the chief rival of the Knights Templars for the previous 200 years.