"Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini tuo da gloriam"
"Not for us, My Lord, not for us, but to your Name give the glory"
That is the motto of The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, better known as the Templar Knights.
An order shrouded in legends, surviving the unsurvivable, whose impact has affected the entire world from the order's very origins to far beyond it's only apparent demise, lasting through the centuries, in different lands, under different names, but with a common purpose, perpetuating its values and missions.
This article aims to explain, with great pride and honour, the newly established relationship of friendship and respect, in alliance and mutual recognition, between two of those great and renowned names, The Sacred The Military Order Templar Knights Of The Lord Lamont Couto, and the order of The Knights Templars of Albion.
But in order to explain the present and understand the future, we must first learn from the past, and that is where our story begins.
The first step in the path of knowledge and understanding, is always symbolism, for when the line between legend and truth is crossed, and the line between facts or appearances becomes blurry, symbolism is the only key to the true, secret nature of a brotherhood, a nation, or an order's culture (and the Templar Knights were and still are all of those things), showing the eyes what the heart knows, and the mouth could never explain.
The dual nature of the Templar Knights has always been evident long before they became officialized in 1129, and this has been a factor still evident in their symbolism, specifically their seal, still used today by the Knights Templars of Albion: two knights on a single horse.
No one knows for sure it's true meaning lost in time, but there have been several speculations.
It could have represented either the ideal of poverty of the Templars, or the double nature of the order, religious and warrior. Arguably it represented both, as it is not uncommon in esoteric symbolism to have more than one meaning, as the roots of said meanings go back centuries, to different lands with different customs and beliefs.
in the words of Bernard de Clairvaux
"A Templar Knight is truly a fearless knight, and secure on every side, for his soul is protected by the armour of faith, just as his body is protected by the armour of steel. He is thus doubly armed, and need fear neither demons nor men." - c. 1135
This ideal of dualism was present also in their shields, which unlike most people believe, was not a white shield with a red cross, but a white shield with a black band on top. The red cross was sewed on the tunic, at the height of the knight's chest. The red-on-white cross became a symbol of the crusaders from about 1190, and in the 13th century it came to be used as a banner or emblem by numerous leaders or polities who wanted to associate themselves with the crusades, and has been used numerous times in iconography as well, for example in many depictions of Saint George dating back to the XIV century.
In an age when all members of an army wore different clothes, the Templar Knights were arguably the only ones to have actual uniforms, which were also a symbol.
The white tunic represented purity of spirit and frugality of customs, as the white material was the most untreated, while the red cross represented the martyrdom of Christ.
The Knights indeed started poor, but things quickly shifted thanks to their innovative financial skills.
After the fear for the end of the world in the year 1000 was over, Europe thrived in economic growth, people multiplied, and a need for new lands became imperative.
On the 27th day of 1095, Pope Urban II, during the Council of Clermont declared the beginning of the First Crusade with the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, as a direct response to provacative attacks and pillaging of Christian cities by Muslim nations.
Two of the Latin words by him pronounced that day, have been echoing for the centuries to come as the most famous of Christian war cries, "Deus Vult" meaning "God Wills It".
First chanted during the First Crusade in 1096 as a rallying cry, most likely under the form of "Deus le volt" or "Deus lo vult", as reported by the Gesta Francorum (ca. 1100) and the Historia Belli Sacri (ca. 1130).
After the Franks captured Jerusalem from Muslim conquerors on the 15th day of July 1099, thus successfully completing the purpose of the First Crusade, a new problem arose.
While many Christians made pilgrimages to various sacred sites in the Holy Land, most people whom originally participated to the crusade, went back to Western Europe, hence, although the city of Jerusalem was relatively secure under Christians control, the rest of Outremer was not. And even so, how long would the church's control over the Holy Land persist?
While the feudal system worked in Western Europe, the same could not be said for Eastern Europe.
At the foundation of Western armies was the heavy cavalry, formed, for the most part, exclusively by nobles, and the nobles whom remained in the Holy Land after the First Crusade were relatively few.
It seems that throughout the entire history of Jerusalem, the Frank nobles at the right age to fight have always been less than two thousand.
Now that Jerusalem was "freed", the main goal was to protect it, as bandits and marauding highwaymen preyed upon the Christian pilgrims, and routinely slaughtered them, sometimes by the hundreds, on the journey from the coastline at Jaffa through to the interior of the Holy Land.
The Frank nobles, faithful to their military strategies, refused to adapt too much to the needs of the war, in order to preserve personal prestige, limiting themselves to hiring among the local Christians: troops, infantry and archers.
The problem became evident after hiring, as an addition to their armies, the Turcopoles (literally meaning "sons of Turks" in Greek, they were local mercenaries riding on a horse wearing a light cuirass, hence moving faster, and preferring the use of bows as their main weapons, for it allowed them to fight without dismounting from the horse, which would leave them more vulnerable to the knights' swordsmanship skills).
The Turcopoles were the nucleus of the enemies' formations as well, and were hence hired as an obvious choice to better comprehend how to defend themselves and counter attack the other Turcopoles' ability to appear suddenly, fire a volley of arrows, and disappear just as quickly.
Although useful, the Turcopoles were only auxiliary and were not enough to solve the problem.
The only option was to change the noble's own Western European strategy, which consisted in having the resolutive moment of every battle played by the heavy cavalry as the exclusive protagonists, charging the enemy lines in massive groups, wielding spears and wearing the toughest of armours. Such an impact was powerful enough to win most battles, but not enough to adapt to the Eastern strategies. Yet, despite this, the Frank nobles refused to change, for the heavy cavalry was formed by themselves, and in refusing to give themselves the main role in a battle, they would be also automatically refusing the main justification they had for the honours and privileges they enjoyed in their civil life.
The feudal system in the Holy Land was not yet established well enough, and nobles died more than in Europe.
The mortality rate for young, noble knights was higher than in other lands, and as if this was not enough, the death of a noble would result in problems of heredity and internal conflicts between noble families, hence weakening the army furthermore.
In other words, they needed a plan, and they needed it fast.
The Outremer Kings needed a permanent army, a stability not even their wealth could buy.
The solution was proposed by Hugues de Payns, a knight of uncertain origins, who later became known as the first Grand Master of the Templar Knights.
He proposed the idea of creating an order both military and religious, a monastic order, whose members would be motivated not by wealth, but by faith and honour, and who would protect pilgrims from all enemy attacks.
In 1118 the King of Jerusalem (Baldwin II of Jerusalem and Warmund, Patriarch of Jerusalem), granted him and his companions, part of the buildings in the Temple Mount, with the Templars' headquarters located in a wing of the royal palace on the Temple Mount, in the captured Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Al-Aqsa Mosque was built above what are believed to be the ruins of the Temple of Solomon.
The Crusaders therefore referred to the Al-Aqsa Mosque as Solomon's Temple, and this became the origin of their order's name.
The order started with about nine knights, and had few financial resources, relying on donations to survive.
They had a powerful ally in Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a leading Church figure (primarily responsible for the founding of the Cistercian Order of monks), nephew of André de Montbard, one of the founding knights.
In 1129, at the Council of Troyes, he led a group of leading churchmen to officially approve and endorse the order on behalf of the church.
With this formal blessing, the Templars became a favoured charity throughout Christendom, receiving money, lands, businesses, and noble-born sons from families eager to help with the fight in the Holy Land.
In 1139, in recognition of their service, came Pope Innocent II's reward, the papal bull "Omne Datum Optimum", which exempted the order from obedience to local laws. This meant the Templars could pass freely through all borders, were not required to pay any taxes, and were absolutely exempt from all authority except that of the pope himself.
With such benefits, the order was enjoying countless new opportunities, which they used to help pilgrims, effectively creating what is arguably the first formal system to support the use of cheques, and thus they acted as a sort of primitive form of banking.
Though its members were sworn to individual poverty, the order itself, as a legal entity, was not. Everything given them was property of the order, which controlled wealth beyond direct donations.
A nobleman who was interested in participating in the Crusades for example, could place all his assets under Templar management while he was away. Accumulating wealth in this manner throughout Christendom and the Outremer.
In 1150, the order began generating letters of credit for pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land, allowing them to deposit their valuables with a local Templar preceptory before embarking, just like Nobles did, receiving a document indicating the value of their deposit. The document was then used upon arrival in the Holy Land to retrieve their funds in an amount of treasure of equal value.
This innovative system improved the safety of pilgrims, making them less attracting targets for thieves.
Through this mix of donations and business dealing, the Templars established financial networks across the whole of Christendom, acquiring large tracts of land in Europe and the Middle East (also through the help of the King of Aragon in Spain, whom gave them an enormous amount of lands, and also through the help of those wanting to become a knight, giving the order their properties in exchange for the opportunity), buying and managing farms and vineyards, and building massive stone cathedrals and castles.
Also involved in manufacturing, import and export, they had their own fleet of ships, and at one point they even owned the entire island of Cyprus.
The Order of the Knights Templar arguably qualifies as the world's first multinational corporation, becoming richer than even some nations of the time.
At odds with the Knights Hospitaller and the Teutonic Knights, decades of internecine feuds weakened Christian positions, both politically and militarily, and then, everything changed after the Muslim armies unified under leaders such as Al-Nasir Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub, better known as Salah ad-Din or Saladin, first sultan of Egypt and Syria and founder of the Ayyubid dynasty.
The Holy Land was once more recaptured by Muslim forces under Saladin in 1187, briefly reclaimed for Christians by The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the Sixth Crusade of 1229, without Templar aid, but kept for a little over a decade.
In 1244, the Ayyubid dynasty recaptured Jerusalem, and the city did not return to Western control until World War I, when the British captured it from the Ottoman Empire in 1917 .
No longer as needed as before by the church, yet still protected by it, the Templar Knights were becoming too powerful to pass unnoticed by European monarchy.
At first, the monarchy took advantage of the situation, asking the peaceful Templars for loans, which they gladly provided, but this did not last for long.
The order was still not subject to local government, making it everywhere a "state within a state", which per se would not be a problem, was it not for the fact its standing army, though no longer having a well-defined mission, could pass freely through all borders thanks to the church.
This situation heightened tensions with some European nobility, as the Templars were indicating an interest in founding their own monastic state, just as the Teutonic Knights had done in Prussia and the Knights Hospitaller were doing in Rhodes.
Their usual available financial nature became their ruin, as they became financial intermediaries.
King Philip IV of France, known as Philip the Fair, crowned on the 6th day of January 1286,
had ascented the throne in a time of great financial insecurity and public debt caused by the Aragonese Crusade. In November 1286, the public debt amounted to 8 tons of silver, mostly to be paid to the Templar Knights. Between 1287 and 1288, the young King finally managed to pay the debt back. This sort of debts became a constant theme of his rule, as public debt kept increasing because of numerous military campaigns, asking tributes from the church, arresting Italian merchants that had often helped him in the by lending his kingdom money, temporarely heavily devaluing the country's currency only to raise it again, causing extreme poverty and forcing debtors to pay more than they were originally supposed to (which resulted in riots), and eventually going against the church itself to the point of being excommunicated by Pope Boniface VIII, in a political conflict that culminated in Philip the IV sending his Keeper of the Seals / Counsellor Guillaume de Nogaretthe to arrest the Pope with several accusations, aided by the enemies of the Pope in Rome. The attempt failed, but the Pope died soon after, and so did his successor Pope Benedict XI. In the end, the new, Pope Clement V, entirely controlled and manipulated by King Philip, was forced to transfer the headquarters of the papacy to France.
At that time, there were talks of uniting the Hospitaller Knights and the Templar Knights, into a single order, as the presence of two orders now suddenly seemed useless to the church.
Of course, Jacques de Molay, last Grand Master of the Templar Knights refused such concept, and in doing so, he arguably refused the last chance he had to save himself and his order.
On Friday the 13th, in the month of October 1307, all over France, the royal functionaries simultaneously broke in the various headquarters of the Order, arresting hundreds of Templars, accusing them of heresy, threatening and torturing them until they would confess crimes they did not commit. Some say that this dark day for history is the reason why, and how, the bad reputation of Friday the 13th as an unlucky day was born.
From that day, all over Europe started the process of arresting all Templars and of having all of their properties and assets sequestered.
In 1312 the pope dissolved the order officially, but without condemning it, since there was a lack of certain proofs or documentation of the accusations they had to pay with their life with.
On the 18th of March 1314 the Grand Master Jacques de Molay, old and innocent, was burned alive close to the current Pont Neuf in Paris, despite what was written on the copy of the Chinon Parchment in the Vatican Secret Archives, found by Barbara Frale in September 2001. The document confirms that in 1308 Pope Clement V absolved Jacques de Molay and other leaders of the Order (including Geoffroi de Charney and Hugues de Pairaud).
Another Chinon parchment addressed to Philip IV of France and dated 20 August 1308, stated that absolution had been granted to all the Templars that had confessed to heresy "and restored them to the Sacraments and to the unity of the Church".
The execution of Jacques de Molay was completely unjustified, and in his last moments, he made sure to let the world know this.
He chose to die with honour, rejecting the false confession he was forced to declare under torture, and instead, according to the legend, used his last breaths to curse his enemies with the following words:
"Pope Clement, Chevalier Guillaume de Nogaret, King Philip! I summon you to the Tribunal of Heaven before the year is out!"
Interestingly enough, within a year, Guillaume de Nogaret died assassinated, Pope Clement V died of a disease, and the king himself, Philip IV of France, died by banally falling off a horse.
In attempting to kill the order, avoiding to pay possible debts and destroying a possible threat at the same time, Philip IV believed he would be able to steal the treasures of the Templars and become richer, effectively raising the economy.
The majority of the possessions of the order was to be given to their rivals, the Knights Hospitaller, after paying a heavy fee to Philip IV, but even so, when they arrived to the various locations once property of the Templars, everything had already been raided by sovereigns, local nobles, authorities from the church itself, and other orders as well.
Their enormous wealth had been anonymously spread, but this is not the strangest fact.
Twenty-four hours before the arrest of Jacques de Molay on the 13th October 1307, a fleet of Templar ships had sailed from the French port of La Rochelle, laden with treasure and knights.
The French Monarchy, expecting to confiscate Templar treasure, found empty store houses… and the Templars had sailed away under the cover of darkness, destination unknown.
Despite the thousands of Templars that died in those years, many managed to escape and start a new life, just like the fleet had.
Some escaped to Spain, joining up with the Caltrava and Alcantra, and some moved to Portugal and took on a new name, "the Order of Christ". Others joined the German order of Teutonic knights, and some joined the Hospitaller Knights, a setting stone of the renowned Order of Malta we know today.
An interesting note, is a legend according to which some Templars also escaped to the Alps, in Switzerland...
at the time, Switzerland was a poor country of farmers, but a great connection route.
In 1315, the Duke Leopold of Habsburg, hoping to control the Alpine passes to tax for trade, attacked several hundred men with his force of 2,000 knights and 9,000 foot soldiers… expecting little resistance.
But what he found instead, was an unexpected and unpleasant surprise...
despite the fact his forces were vastly outnumbering his victims, he lost.
His army, supposed to seize the passes, was defeated by Swiss farmers and a “mounted cavalry force, wearing white mantles upon which red crosses were emblazoned, who commanded an unparalleled mastery of tactics and weapons”, according to an account of the battle.
The Swiss possessed a new weapon, the “Halberd” which was mounted on a long pole, capable of bringing down horses and used like a lance. Leopold lost almost 2,000 warriors that day, and was forced to retreat.
According to this theory, the Templar Knights had escaped from France, crossing the border into Switzerland. There, they were granted sanctuary, bringing with them their military expertise and Templar treasure… buying their way into this new country, and helping it with their financial knowledge, slowly establishing the great banking reputation and quality it possesses today, with the largest banking and financial institutions located within the country's lands.
In 1506, Pope Julius II called upon Helvetian soldiers, mercenaries who would shape Italy’s future, granting them the title of “Defenders of the Church’s Freedom.”
On the 22nd day of January 1506, one hundred and ninety-nine years after the arrest of Jacques de Molay in France, the Vatican created the Pontifical Swiss Guard.
January 22nd, 1506, is the official date of birth of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.
On that day, towards the evening, a group of one hundred and fifty Swiss soldiers commanded by Captain Kasparvon Silenen, of Canton Uri, passed through the Porta del Popolo and entered for the first time the Vatican, where they were blessed by Pope Julius II.
Currently, one hundred and thirty four members of this military arm of the Vatican are still responsible for the safety of the Pope and the security of the Apostolic Palace.
Another place where the Templars had found refuge, has been Scotland.
Originally, before the accusations started by King Philip IV, some Templars had already established themselves in England, and had good relationships with the monarchy.
To the point that initially, King Edward II of England refused to believe the allegations against the Templars. However, once the news had been confirmed, in 1308, Rothley Preceptory, together with the Templars' other possessions in England, were seized by the Crown.
This did not extend to Scotland though, for the King of the Scots, King Robert I, also known as King Robert The Bruce, was already excommunicated and had no problems in hospitating the members of an order dissolved by the papacy.
In Scotland, the order found the protection of many friends, including the powerful family of Saint Clair. In Scotland, the order had the freedom to renew itself and gain new members.
Some suggest this was done in connection with the Freemasonry, as the Chapel of Rosslyn would indicate. Built in just four years, between 1446 and 1450 (up to 1456 according to some), by the Freemason William Saint Claire. This chapel, is by many considered a testimony of the fact that this order has never stopped existing nor operating, in Scotland, and around the world.
An interesting detail, is the presence of decorations depicting plants such as aloe and corn, which in 1446, when the sculptures were created, did not yet exist in Europe, and were introduced only after America was discovered.
Dom Henrique of Portugal, Duke of Viseu, better known as Prince Henry the Navigator, for he started the exploration missions of Portoguese ships in search of new lands and commercial routes, was also the Grand Master of the Order of Christ, and on the banners of his ship was a red cross identical to that of the Templars, with a white cross at its center. Under this "Templar Cross" were discovered and colonized places such as the Azores and the Canary Islands, also circumnavigating Africa.
In 1795 began the legend of the "Money Pit", in Nova Scotia. Without diving into peculiar similarities to masonic rituals, it is by some believed to be the place where the missing Templar fleet escaping the fury of King Philip IV buried their treasures, utilising Ancient Eastern maps. The legend became so popular, that President Roosevelt himself had also participated to the treasure hunt.
All these informations seem to connect like the pieces of a puzzle, showing some sort of connection between all of the Templars that managed to survive the persecution of the French king, as this would explain the aloe and corn plants depicted in the Chapel of Rosslyn.
And even though such a connection is now only the stuff of legends, something similar has indeed been started in modern days, a connection between most Templar orders currently alive.
According to the Knights Templar of Albion, historical data kept in the National Library of France in Paris, suggests that around the year 1200 there were about 22,000 Knights of arms in Europe.
At the time it was normal that there were at least from seven to thirty people (family members, servants, cooks, farriers, esquires, waiters, artisans, etc.) who followed a Knight of arms, so it is estimated that the Templar people were composed of at least 150,000 people, while according to some it reached up to 170,000 people.
The Templar people never disappeared completely.
In fact, according to Templar Nation:
"the Templar people have continued their existence up to now, scattered in various States, but always maintaining their cultural, ideological, religious and linguistic identity."
and it is so, that in 2015, works had begun to unite all modern Templar Orders around the world into a single nation without land, just like the original order once was.
Given that the current Templar population is rather small and that over the centuries it has been the object of real attempts at extermination by several States, as well as "damnatio memoriae", it is right to define the people of the Templars as a "national minority" to be protected.
The Templar Nation adheres to the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" of the United Nations (UN) of 10 December 1948, to the "International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights" of 1966 (entered into force in 1976) and to the "Universal Declaration of the Rights of Peoples", (Charter of Algiers), of 1976.
In addition, the Templar Nation accedes also to the UN "Vienna Convention on the Laws of Treaties" of 1969 and the "Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations" of the United Nations of 1986.
Finally, in October 2018, the Templar Nation has been registered with the Unrepresented United Nations - UUN since October 2018.
All those who, for historical, cultural, ideological or religious reasons, recognize themselves in the ideals of the Templars, can join the Templar Nation and obtain the Nationality.
The enrolment of Templar Nation to the UUN - Unrepresented United Nations
On the Templar Nation web site, it states:
"In 2015 members of several Templar groups (about 1500 people), members of other organizations who gathered a part of the Templar people and other members of the Templar people not organized into groups (i.e. scattered), asked the Grand Prior of the Pauperes Commilitones Christi Templique Salomonis - VEOSPSS - MCXVIII to bring together the Templar people in a real Nation and appoint a "Parliament" to organize the Nation.
After a few years of study, evaluations and consultations (several experts in international law, constitutionalists, lawyers and international economists were consulted), in 2018 the Democratically constituted Regency Council elected a President and issued a Constitutional Charter by creating, through the principle of self-determination of peoples (principle sanctioned first by the US President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, on the occasion of the Treaty of Versailles, and then by the UN in 1945 with the United Nations Charter), the Templar Nation.
The Templar Nation today has a Regency Council (Parliament), a President, a Vice President and a Council of Ministers.
The President and Ministers govern the Nation.
The purpose of the Templar Nation is to keep alive the cultural, linguistic, ideological and religious identity of the Templar people."
The progresses of this initiative keep increasing every year, and although without land, the postal address of Templar Nation is currently based in Switzerland, in the legal office of Lugano:
17 Nassa Street
6900 – Lugano
And the nation already has the following departments:
• Department of Foreign Affairs,
• Department of International Affairs,
• Department of Defense,
• Department of Culture,
• Department of Economy,
• Department of Communication and Cooperation for Social Projects,
• Department of Commerce,
• Department of Social Affairs,
• Department of Equal Opportunities,
• Department of Families,
• Department of Environment,
• Department of Research,
• Department of Innovation,
• Department of Relations with Religions,
• Department of Development and Tourism,
• Department of Health.
And, according to their official website (https://gov-nt.com/diplomatic-corps/) the following embassies:
• Embassy in the Republic of Armenia,
• Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium and in the European Union:
• Embassy in the Federative Republic of Brazil:
• Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
• Embassy in the State of Israel:
• Embassy in Palestine:
• Embassy in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation – SAARC (Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Kingdom of Bhutan, Republic of India, Republic of Maldives, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka):
• Embassy in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
And it is so, that as part of this initiative of connection and alliance between all Templar people, that I, as Deputy of the Delegation of Georgia and Italy part of the Royal Deputation group of the Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order UK, and as Grand Knight of The Sacred The Military Order Templar Knights Of The Lord Lamont Couto, am most proud to announce the newly established friendship between the Knights Templars of Albion and The Sacred The Military Order Templar Knights Of The Lord Lamont Couto.
The Knights Templars of Albion follow the Original Knights Templar Constitution of 1127 to 1307 and are committed to upholding the core values of Honour, Respect and Loyalty, and to preserve the historical value of the Templar tradition and culture, by performing events in the very same places once used by the original Templar knights themselves, such as the Rothley Temple, where the Knights Templars of Albion performed their first ceremony of investiture, lead by my dear friend Sir Nick Hall, Grand Master of The Knights Templar of Albion and his second in Command Lord Alan R Taylor Of Chaol Ghleann who are both founders of the Order.
Sir Nick is the Ambassador of the Templar Nation's Embassy in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Member of the High Council Civil and Military Order Ordo Monasticum Templarum La Pieta Del Pelicano Malta, Knight of Jerusalem Ordre Souberian et Militaire du Temple de Jerusalem, and Ordre du Templiers Honrary Knight Templar.
Lord Taylor is the Deputy chief of Mission at the Templar Nation Embassy for the United Kingdom, Member of the High Council Civil and Military Order Ordo Monasticum Templarum La Pieta Del Pelicano Malta and Ordre du Templiers Honrary Knight Templar.
The motto is "Honoris Enim Iuramentum" meaning "For Oath And For Honour".
While the unique symbolism of their logo symbolises the orders links to ancient Albion as an English Order holding a global membership (Albion is the alternative ancient name for Britain, and the name for Scotland in most Celtic languages is a variation of it).
The word Albion in the logo is within the circle with the Sword running down the middle with the letters IHSV meaning In Hoc Signo Vinces (in this sign Conquer) placed at the four corners of the sword stating the order's Christian faith and allegiance to the cross. The croix pattee forms the rest of the Logo and is unique to the Knights of Albion as it is their own design.
As for what regards The Sacred The Military Order Templar Knights Of The Lord Lamont Couto, it is an historical institution, descendant of the first Knights Templars and of the Anjou, Plantagenet and Angevins dynasties.
The modern The Sacred the Military Order Templar Knights of the Lord Lamont Couto has legally recovered, re-established and restored its original Grand Mastery to full and official legitimacy, by direct succession from Templar Apostolic lines, and also by “recognition” from the legalized King Fulk line of its founding Royal Patronage, while the hidden knowledge of the Templars was passed down from generation to generation, and the first to share the knowledge was the noble William IX Duke of Aquitaine and Fulk, King of Jerusalem, grandfather of Lord Lamont Couto d' Chandos.
And with the following final informations our article is concluded.
I would like to thank Sir Nick Hall and H.E. Hon. Fidalgo Sir. Dr. Thiago L. C. de Chandos for making this possible.
And for those who would like to learn more about Templar Nation and The Knights Templars of Albion, I invite you to look at the following links: