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Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:40 am
by Nigel
Now thats not nice

He is lovley or so DEBS SAYS

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:43 am
by Mark Griffin
he's a lousy kisser though

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:23 pm
by Nigel
that she doesn't know

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:10 am
by mac (crucesignati)
Mark Griffin wrote:
2. Ignore getting the kit, grow a bl*!!dy beard before you do anything.

Templars who shave are not Templars.
By and large i suppose this is true. However, I refuse to believe that in all the time the Order was in existence there wasn't at least one Templar who could not grow a beard. It is not an unusual thing to be a smooth as a babies a*se without having to shave.

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:30 pm
by Templar Knight
I want to join a Templar Group Pm me if you are still planning to make one. And yeah have a beard, im too young to have a beard but im not shaving my bum fluff lol. By the time im 16 i should have quite the beard :P

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:44 pm
by Lord DeSpencer
Hi Mac
Would be good to see Temps on the field except its getting harder to find battles that are early period as the 15 century poleys are taking over.
Lets get a good early battle going with no pole regiments being tuder pikes pretending to be 15th century spears.

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:50 pm
by Templar Knight
Make one up, the public will come to see a bloody death filled battle scene. It doesnt have to have historic backgrounds. Maybe a fight between Templars and Hospitallers as they are rivals or like bonekickers did have english mercenaries dressed as sarcaens or something. There is always something that can be done.

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:09 pm
by Lord DeSpencer
Hi we could work on getting one up and running for next year we would need plenty of combatants to make it worth while.
There is a lack of interest in early stuff latey.
We would need a massive publisty boost
to get people interested in using there swords again. :cry:

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:11 pm
by Templar Knight
Well you got me in, im only 15 but have armour, doubt i can fight, but its 13th century so i can stand and look pretty. Idealy 30 people i imagine would be a good number to have it started, where abouts are you based?

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:34 am
by Carl / Sir Geoffrey
Mark Griffin wrote: 1. Read the Rules of the Order.
Is there a reliable copy of these available on line anywhere?

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:52 am
by Brother Ranulf
For me it's lack of knowledge of the Templar Rule that lets many people down - the Rule forbids any ostentation, any decoration, any jewellery, pendants, engraved ornament and all the other detail that clashes with the idea of "Poor Knights".

It also emphasises the point the the Templars (and yes the Hospitallers and Leper Knights etc) were first and foremost a religious Order, so getting your head around the Holy Office should be a priority. If you can not recite the "Non nobis" you are not a Templar . . . if you have no idea at all what happens at Matins, Prime, Terce, Sext, Nones, Vespers and Compline you are no Templar. Since this was the basis of the Templar day, it would be ingrained into everyone within the Order.

So, repeating what someone else already said, read the Rule first. Then learn it by heart. Then try to imagine living it. Only then look to the military aspect; and leave out all the fancy decorative bits that have no place in the Templars.

A very good published version (with commentary) is at

An early version is online at ... _rule.html

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:34 pm
by Templar Knight
I dont think it would be essential to know the rules off by heart, would be nice if everyone could though. The most important factor i think is the appearance of the armour an other dress wear, and the prayers that they would say such as "non nobis domine"
Timetable of Knight Templars day as according to Osprey Warrior Knight Templar Book;
At Night Matins in Chapel Brothers join in prayers, check horses and equipment and speak to squires, sleep until dawn

6 am Prime
Mass ( or after sext)
9 am Terce
12 noon sext repair armour make equipment etc, have lunch, knights first sitting, sergeants second, clerks read aloud while they eat, give thanks at chapel then go to their posts.
Mass if not heard earlier
3pm Nones
vespers for dad
vigils for dead
Dusk vespers followed by super
compline followed by a drink, check horses and equipment, speak to squire if neccesary
Bed Time

The day of a Templar ,

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:05 pm
by Brother Ranulf
I recommended learning the Rule (there are several different versions of course) since this would mean the difference between simply dressing up as a Templar and getting into the Templar mindset. Not all re-enactors see beyond the "kit", but since we are fortunate enough to have access to the monastic Rules covering all the religious Orders it seems to me a waste not to at least attempt a full knowledge and understanding of them.

When I was asked to take on the character of a Benedictine monk some 8 years ago, the first thing I did was to learn the Rule of St Benedict (all 73 chapters), since this allowed me to become the character - not just a shop window dummy wearing a theatrical costume.

Of course it takes effort and some people will be averse to it . . .

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:52 pm
by zauberdachs
Brother Ranulf wrote:Of course it takes effort and some people will be averse to it . . .

I think I almost fell of my chair when I read that! Funny and perfectly sums up so many short comings in re-enactment :)

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:53 pm
by Carl / Sir Geoffrey
Thank you very much for the references Brother Ranulf.

Now I have some light reading to do :shock:

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:53 pm
by Templar Knight
Hmm yeah. Well no one wash there braies then, got to be nice and smelly like the Templars where lol

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:20 pm
by red razors
templar was the big reenactment "fashion" amongst my peer group last year :) i only got as far as making myself a cappa. i was going to rock the boat and declare myself hospitaller but i am a weakling when it comes to peer pressure. one of my favourite photos of me and my boys is in templar kit.

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:33 pm
by Templar Knight
Seems like alot of people are intrested in the Templars, suprised there hasnt been a sole Templar group created already unless there is and I havent heard about it.

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:30 am
by mac (crucesignati)
I think that's down to the usual obstacles such as time, lack of publicity and organisation. As i said, i had a mind to do just that but couldn't dedicate the time to make this great idea a reality. Even got as far as drawing up a structure for a society which seemed to be recieved well by those I showed it to. Must admit though, it would be great to take to the field with more than one - three people dressed as members of the Order.

I do believe it is quite important to have a half-decent working knowledge of the Rule to portray the role. And as mentioned in earlier posts, being able to recite the Pater Noster should be a must. It looks great for the MoPs.

So, how about getting it together for next season?

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:02 am
by Brother Ranulf
Go for it. There does seem to be a level of enthusiasm out there - given the right approach and a degree of control I believe this could be an important and worthwhile venture. Good luck to all involved.

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:05 am
by Carl / Sir Geoffrey
Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
sanctificetur Nomen Tuum;
adveniat Regnum Tuum;
fiat voluntas Tua,
sicut in caelo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
Sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a Malo's_Prayer

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:31 am
by Brother Ranulf
Mention of the Paternoster is certainly appropriate; members of the order carried a paternoster in order to mark the Holy Offices when away from a preceptory or chapel. They were not called rosaries until much later.

In Sir Geoffrey's text "cotidianum" can also appear as "quotidianum", essentially the same word but you may find both versions in different contemporary texts.

The "Ave Maria" used depends on the time period. Throughout the 12th century and for the first half of the 13th, it goes:

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus fructus ventris tui.

At some point in the 1260s the name of Jesus was added at the end; the remainder of the prayer as it is known today is post-Templar by a long way.

The "Non nobis" was a favourite prayer of the Templars, but was certainly not exclusive to them:

Non nobis Domine, non nobis,
sed nomini tuo da gloriam.

Forget the wikipedia article on this, which is complete pants, and the Henry V version which is a Tudor re-write. In the 12th and 13th century this was the form used and it would have been set to plainsong (Gregorian Chant).

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:37 pm
by mac (crucesignati)
Ranulf, contemporary accounts cite the Templars singing psalm 9 (off the top of my head, I think this is the one I remember reading they used - will find out for sure), do you know or have a copy of this psalm?

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:18 pm
by Brother Ranulf
Psalm 9 mentions the "swords of the enemy" being ineffective, so it may have been a favourite - but the point of the Holy Offices was to sing all 150 psalms over the course of a week. For the medieval Church, the psalms were a ready-made hymn book and each of the 8 daily services incorporated a number of them with prayers and responses in between.

There is a very good Latin/English psalter at

The discrepancy in numbering of the psalms comes from the difference between the Greek and Hebrew versions and between medieval and reformation versions. Psalm 9 would be the first portion of that numbered 9 and 10 in the psalter.

Not only would a Templar (like any other monk) be expected to learn all 150 psalms in Latin, but also the plainsong tune that went with each one. Still, they didn't have to watch Bonekickers or Big Brother, so they had plenty of time on their hands . . .

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:55 pm
by mac (crucesignati)
I didn't ask my q properly - soz. I meant to say that they were said to sing the psalm as they charged into battle. I wouldn't mind finding out how to say it.

I've taken the liberty of creating a Facebook group for the idea in this thread. Don't know what peoples opinions on Facebook are, but it is a good method to maintain communications between a group of people. So if you're interested, take a look at it - I've made it a admin only invite just to keep it exclusively for those that are interested in pursuing the idea of a group for next season. Mail or PM me if you want to join the Fbook group.

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:34 pm
by Carl / Sir Geoffrey
I know that Wikipedia is often not the most reliable of sources, but without specialist hard copy references it is often the easiest.

Brother Ranulf, (or any body else) are you able to point us in the direction of a decent recording of some of the common prayers, such as the pater noster, ave maria and the non nobis?

I have found some on You Tube, but they are either poor quality or set to modern music.

On a separate note, I have been reading the rules and was interested to see that, in relation to beards and moustaches, "no excess may be noted on their bodies". Does this mean that body hair should nor be longer than beard and moustache hair or vice versa and that beards should be kept neatly trimmed?

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:47 pm
by Templar Knight
hmm i just looked at a pasternoster done by Pope John Paul II that is done to modern music but it gives you good idea of how to prenounce it
link if anyones intrested

I am currently trying to setup a timetable of the Knights Templars day cross refrencing over various sources, but it includes prayer times and eating times and such, if anyone intrested wants to see it they can pm me and ill email it when its finished. (note i dont know how accurate it will be but i am hoping it is at least decent) lol

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:13 pm
by red razors
Carl / Sir Geoffrey wrote: "no excess may be noted on their bodies".
perhaps the templars were the secret originators of the "back sack and crack"? :wink:

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:11 am
by Brother Ranulf
Sorry - took my eyes off the ball there (no pun intended).

Re Sir Geoffrey's question on hair and beards ("no excess may be noted on their bodies"), I take this to refer back to hair and beards and to forbid anyone looking like Radovan Karadzic in disguise as Father Christmas. I guess it could also refer to trimming other things like fingernails and toenails.

I do not believe body hair would be an issue for people who slept fully dressed and rarely washed - Gerald of Wales is quite specific in maintaining that the 12th century Welsh were very unusual in shaving off their body hair: "Of all the people I have seen the Welsh are the most particular in shaving the lower part of the body" (Description of Wales, Book 1 Chapter 11).

The general drift of all monastic Rules is for moderation in all things - both shaved bodies and rampant beards like Karadzic would be unacceptable extremes (or "excess")..

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:16 pm
by Alan_F
Something that I'm interested in is what are the the different roles within the Orders, are all the fighting men just knights or are there common soldiers as well?