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Knights Templar
The Knights Templars were Monks - Soldiers: Guardians of the Faith, Guardians of the Holy Land, and Guardians of the Pilgrims. The Knights Templar order, of religious and military character, was founded in Jerusalem in the year 1118 by nine crusader knights. with the official denomination of "Order of the Poor Knight of Christ". Later they were known by the "Knight of Solomon's Temple" (Templar) denomination after establishing themselves in King Solomon's ancient temple. The Pope Inocencio II recognized the order of the Templar in the year 1139. The stamp of the Templar, emblem of the order; is two knights mounted on the same horse (representing the duel vocation of the order - religious and military) with the insciption in Latin "sigilum militum Xpisti" - (Stamp of Christ's militia).

Knights Templar Order of Calatrava

The Templar Order of Calatrava was the first military and religious order founded in the Kingdom of Castile, but the second to receive papal approval. The papal bull confirming the Order of Calatrava as a Militia was given by Pope Alexander III on September 26, 1164. The Order of Calatrava was founded by Abbot Raymond of Fitero with the original purpose of protecting the town of Calatrava, located near present-day Ciudad Real.

As their numbers and strength grew they were invited in 1147 by the King of Castile, Alfonso VII, to protect a castle he had taken from the Moors. The castle was called Calatrava (Arabic Qal'at Rabah: 'fortress of Rabah'). The Templars established a garrison there and stayed for ten years. They were replaced by a militia of Cistercian laymen, under the supervision of Raymond, Abbot of the Cistercian monastery of Fitero. No doubt these local herdsmen and laborers would have had a personal grudge against the Moors, whom they fought with great enthusiasm.

In 1187, a general chapter at C�teaux gave these Knights of Calatrava their definitive rule, which was approved in the same year by Pope Gregory VIII. This rule retained the Cistercian customs required of laymen, plus the obligation to wear their armor 24/7 and be ready to fight whenever the need arose. (Not very comfortable, but following vows of silence, nobody complained.)

Initially, these Knights of Calatrava were hugely successful and were rewarded by grants of land from the King of Castile. But by 1195, after a surge of new Muslim recruits from Africa, the Knights were overpowered and the Moors retook the castle which they kept for another 17 years. The Calatravas then recovered possession of the stronghold and from there spread to the far corners of Iberia.

Knights Templar Order of St. James
The Knights Templar Order of St. James of the Sword , also known as the Knights Templar Order of Saint James of Compostela, as well as the Knights Templar Order of Santiago (Santiaguista) was born in the year 1175 in the Kingdom of Leon Spain. The Order of Santiago was a military and religious order with the original dual purpose to fight and drive back the Moors (Muslims) from the Iberian Peninsula as well as to protect the pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago on their ways to the sanctuary of Compostella.

Knights Templar Order's name comes from the patron saint of Spain, James the Greater, under whom's protection Galicians' and Asturians' Christians started to fight the Moors in Spain in the 9th century. The Order's emblem insignia, The Cross of Santiago, was depicted on the standard borne by the Knights Templar. The emblem is formed by an elaborate red cross on a golden field.

During the Reconquista, the Knights Templar of St James were one of the elite corps at the disposal of the christian kings. Following the death of the Grand Master in 1493 Alonso de Cardenas, the Catholic Monarchs joined the Order to the Crown of Spain and Pope Adrian VI joined forever Maestrazgo Santiago to the crown in 1523.

Knights Templar Order of Teutonic Knights
The Order of the Teutonic Knights of St. Mary's Hospital in Jerusalem is a German Roman Catholic religious order. It was formed to aid Christians on their pilgrimages to the Holy Land and to establish hospitals to care for the sick and injured. Its members have commonly been known as the Teutonic Knights, since they also served as a crusading military order during the Middle Ages. The membership was always small and whenever the need arose, volunteers or mercenaries augmented the military forces.

The Teutonic Order was founded by Emperor Henry VI as a hospital order in 1191, similar to the Templars and Hospitallers, in Acre, in the Levant, the medieval Order played an important role in Outremer, controlling the port tolls of Acre. By 1198, the German Teutonic Order became a religious military order of crusaders, first fighting in the Holy Land and later in Prussia and Lithuania. After Christian forces were defeated in the Middle East, the Order moved to Transylvania in 1211 to help defend Hungary against the Cumans. They were expelled in 1225 after allegedly attempting to place themselves under Papal instead of Hungarian sovereignty.

In 1230, following the Golden Bull of Rimini, Grand Master Hermann von Salza and Duke Konrad I of Masovia launched the Prussian Crusade, a joint invasion of Prussia to Christianise the Baltic Old Prussians. The Order then created the independent Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights in the conquered territory, and subsequently conquered Courland, Livonia, and Estonia. The Kings of Poland accused the Order of holding lands rightfully theirs.

The Order lost its main purpose in Europe with the Christianisation of Lithuania. The Order became involved in campaigns against its Christian neighbours, the Kingdom of Poland, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and the Novgorod Republic (after assimilating the Livonian Order). The Teutonic Knights had a strong economic base, hired mercenaries from throughout Europe to augment their feudal levies, and became a naval power in the Baltic Sea. In 1410, a Polish-Lithuanian army decisively defeated the Order and broke its military power at the Battle of Grunwald (Tannenberg).

In 1515, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I made a marriage alliance with Sigismund I of Poland-Lithuania. Thereafter the Empire did not support the Order against Poland. In 1525, Grand Master Albert of Brandenburg resigned and converted to Lutheranism, becoming Duke of Prussia. Estonia and Livonia soon followed, and also the Order's holdings in Protestant areas of Germany.

The Order kept its considerable holdings in Catholic areas of Germany until 1809, when Napoleon Bonaparte ordered its dissolution and the Order lost its last secular holdings. Napoleon gave the order's main assets to his allies of the Confederation of the Rhine The Order continued to exist as a charitable and ceremonial body. It was outlawed by Hitler in 1938, but re-established in 1945. Today it operates primarily with charitable aims in Central Europe.

The Knights wore white surcoats with a black cross. A cross patt�e was sometimes used as their coat of arms; this image was later used for military decoration and insignia by the Kingdom of Prussia and Germany as the Iron Cross. The motto of the Order was:"Helfen, Wehren, Heilen" ("Help, Defend, Heal")

Knights Templar Order of Hospitallers
The Hospitallers, known officially as "Knights of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem," was founded in Jerusalem during the first Crusade by the Italian friar Gerardo da Sasso to assist the pilgrims travelling the Holy Land. His successor, Raymond du Puy, finished the work with the creation of an armed branch composed of crusader knights. It has been known also as "Knights of Rhodes", and as the "Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta." It was at first a charitable Order, while the Templars was from the first a military one. With the fall of the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem in 1291, the Knights retired to the island of Rhodes. In 1522 the Turks finally took Rhodes, and the Hospitallers removed to Malta. Here they remained till 1793, when Napoleon took Malta, and added it to the French Republic. This ended it as a sovereign power. While the Knights had to leave Malta, shorn of their old power and great wealth, they still continued on in different countries. The Knights took with them from Malta their precious relics--chief among them being the hand of St. John the Baptist, the miraculous image of Our Lady of Pherlemon, and a fragment of the true cross.

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Knights Templar Ring
by Marto of Toledo Spain

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# ST001 Knights Templar Seal Ring by Marto of Toledo Spain
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Knights Templar Ring Seal
by Marto of Toledo Spain
The stamp of the Templar Knights , emblem of the order, is two knights mounted on the same horse (representing the duel vocation of the order - religious and military) with the inscription in Latin "sigilum militum Xpisti" - (Stamp of Christ's militia).

This beautiful reversible Knights Templar Ring bears the Seal of the Templars (one side in relief the other in intaglio) to allow use in creating a wax seal. Available in different sizes.

This is a high quality Knights Templar Ring made in Toledo Spain which you can proudly wear.

  • Material: Silver
  • Reversible Emblem to allow the creation of a wax seal
  • ST001 = Size 21 = 9 1/2 American
  • ST002 = Size 23 = 10 1/2 American
  • ST003 = Size 25 = 11 1/4 American
  • ST004 = Size 27 = 12 American
  • ST005 = Size 29 = 12 3/4 American
  • For in between sizes it is best to size up and utilize a ring guard or have a jeweler size down

    Marto Item # ST001 , ST002 , ST003 , ST004 , ST005

    Size 21,23 $174.99 each Sale $139.99
    Size 25,27 $186.99 each Sale $149.99
    Size 29 $200.99 each Sale $159.99

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  • # CT001 Templar Knight Gift Set #1 by Marto of Toledo Spain
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    Knights Templar Ring Gift Set #1
    by Marto of Toledo Spain
    A beautiful gift set for the Templar aficionado. Includes a miniature Knights Templar sword and shield, a silver Knights Templar Ring and sealing wax.

    This is a high quality Knights Templar Ring gift set is made in Toledo Spain which you can proudly give.

  • Includes silver Knights Templar Seal Ring by Marto of Toledo Spain (Select Size Required)
  • Sealing Wax
  • Miniature Knights Templar Sword
  • Miniature Knights Templar Shield

    Marto Item # CT001

    $266.99 each Sale $212.99

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  • # CT002 Templar Knight Gift Set #2 by Marto of Toledo Spain
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    Knights Templar Ring Gift Set #2
    by Marto of Toledo Spain
    A beautiful gift set for the Knights Templar aficionado. Includes a miniature Knights Templar keychain, Knights Templar Zippo lighter, a silver Knights Templar seal ring and sealing wax.

    This is a high quality Knights Templar Ring gift set is made in Toledo Spain which you can proudly give.

  • Includes silver Knights Templar Seal Ring by Marto of Toledo Spain (Select Size Required)
  • Sealing Wax
  • Knights Templar Keychain
  • Knights Templar Zippo Lighter

    Marto Item # CT002

    $342.99 each Sale $274.99

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