The birth of Templars

The italian knight who founded the Templars

The birth of the Order of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici) universally known as Templar, hiddens riddles and questions that are usually ignored or underestimated. Scholars and fans generally focus the attention on the tragedy of their disappearance and their suppression, imagining plots and secret events that only serve to hazard countless unnecessary and improbable hypothesis, in favor of the market for fiction, print and cinema.

Founded in 1100, immediately after the conquest of Jerusalem, the Order had as purpose the protection of pilgrims along the roads of the Holy Land. This is reflected in the Annals of St. Bertin.

Simon of St. Bertin, author of the Annals, was appointed of his work as a reporter by the Lambert, abbot of the monastery of St. Bertin from 1095 to 1123. Simon began his story from 1095 and concluded ithe work in 1145. In other words, Simon writes in the years when the events take place, and died in 1148.

Inexplicably, their founder, Hugo de Paganis, born in Campania, was transformed into Hugues de Payens, born in Champagne.

But above every other question lies an important question that remains heavy as a stone on the origin of the Templars and Hugh, their founder. Why, after 1129, no one knows anything about Hugh? Why does he disappear and die without enjoying the glory, even temporary, that he deserved? Ugo, usually used in documents and in the minds of our scholars, lives about ten years, from 1119 to 1129. Little, too little for the founder of an Order which was so important in the history of those centuries. Why?

It is a question that nobody has taken seriously and to which no one has given a plausible answer. He disappeared or has been made to disappear?

These questions, if resolved, apart from the joy of research, can give an account of our past and our present, both for the incompatibility between the message of Christ and violence, both in terms of the contrasts between the West and Islam as in many other problems that still afflict our lives.