Who is the most famous Knights Templar member? Afonso I of Portugal, also known as Afonso Henriques, tops our list. Henriques went on to become the first king of Portugal and spent most of his life at war with the Moors. Geoffroi de Charney dedicated his life to the Order of Knights Templar. He was arrested by King Philip IV of France, tortured until he admitted to the crimes against him and he was eventually burned at the stake.
Hugue de Payens was a co-founder of the Knights Templar and became the groups first Grand Master. Hugue de Payens led the organization for almost twenty years. Robert de Craon succeeded Payens as Grand Master and was known to be a great legislator and organizer, though his military skills were lacking.
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Afonso I, more commonly known as D. Afonso Henriques, nicknamed "the Conqueror", "the Founder" or "the Great" by the Portuguese, and El-Bortukali and Ibn-Arrik by the Moors whom he fought, was the first King of Portugal. He achieved the independence of the southern part of the Kingdom of Galicia, ...more
Age: Died at 76 (1109-1185)see more on Afonso I of Portugal
Geoffroi de Charney
Geoffroi de Charney, was Preceptor of Normandy for the Knights Templar. Charney was accepted into the Order of Knights Templar at a young age by Amaury de la Roche, the Preceptor of France. Present at the ceremony was brother Jean le Franceys, Preceptor of Pédenac. In 1307 de Charny was arrested, ...moresee more on Geoffroi de Charney
Hugues de Payens
Hugues de Payens or Payns was the co-founder and first Grand Master of the Knights Templar. With Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, he created the Latin Rule, the code of behavior for the Order. ...more
Age: Died at 66 (1070-1136)see more on Hugues de Payens
Hugues de Lionne
Hugues de Lionne was a French statesman. He was born in Grenoble, of an old family of Dauphiné. Early trained for diplomacy, he fell into disgrace under Cardinal Richelieu, but his remarkable abilities attracted the notice of Cardinal Mazarin, who sent him as secretary of the French embassy to the ...more
Age: Died at 60 (1611-1671)see more on Hugues de Lionne
Sir William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke
William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, also called William the Marshal, was an English soldier and statesman. Stephen Langton eulogized him as the "best knight that ever lived." He served four kings – Henry II, Richard I, John, and Henry III – and rose from obscurity to become a regent of England ...more
Age: Died at 72 (1147-1219)see more on Sir William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke
André de Montbard
André de Montbard was the fifth Grand Master of the Knights Templar and also one of the founders of the Order. The Montbard family came from Hochadel in Burgundy, and André was an uncle of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, being a half-brother of Bernard's mother Aleth de Montbard. He entered the Order in ...more
Age: Died at 53 (1103-1156)see more on André de Montbard
Fulk IV, Count of Anjou
Fulk IV, called le Réchin, was the Count of Anjou from 1068 until his death. The nickname by which he is usually referred has no certain translation. Philologists have made numerous very different suggestions, including "quarreler", "rude", "sullen", "surly" and "heroic". ...more
Age: Died at 66 (1043-1109)see more on Fulk IV, Count of Anjou
Robert de Craon
Robert de Craon or Robert Burgundio was the second Grand Master of the Knights Templar from June 1136 until his death. He was a member of the Craon family. Robert was born around the turn of the 12th century, the youngest of the three sons of Renaud de Craon. He settled in Aquitaine and was engaged ...moresee more on Robert de Craon