The Order of the Poor Knights of Christ of the Temple of Solomon (in Latin: Pauperes Commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici), also called the Order of the Temple (and is often said in the Frenchified form Order of the Temple), whose members are known as Knights Templar , was one of the most powerful Christian military orders of the Middle Ages. It was active for less than two centuries. It was founded in 1118 or 1119 by nine French knights led by Hugo de Payns after the first crusade. Its original purpose was to protect the lives of Christians who made pilgrimages to Jerusalem after its conquest. The order was recognized by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Garmond de Picquigny, who imposed that of the Augustinian canons of the Holy Sepulcher as his rule. This rule, within the Templar context, is known as the Latin Rule.
The Templar Swords
The Templar swords used to attack and defend, were the faithful companion of the Templar knight along with his horse that should die on the battlefield. They usually had a cross-shaped hilt, a straight, double-edged and pointed blade, designed and made of tempered, hard and resistant steel that allowed penetration through the enemy's mesh levels.
"Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini Tuo da gloriam"