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The Knights Templar and Cressing Temple

The Knights Templar, were a Christian Order and were founded in the 12th Century (1119) by two French Knights during the Crusades. They swore to aid Christian pilgrims that were visiting the Holy Land and received papal recognition in 1129. Obviously after this they grew and were a very popular military order in the 12th and 13th centuries as they swore the usual chastity and poverty... however, they also swore to protect the Holy Land from all infidels.

By the 14th century, however, they were facing problems as the Christians were driven out of Palestine and were expected to continue their war in Cyprus. The Templars, were not happy with this situation as their functions relied on being close to Christ's life, death and resurrection.
In 1307, the grand master of the order traveled to the West to seek support from the papacy and from Christendom after a request was sent by the Pope.

And what was waiting for him.....

King Philip IV of France.

He ordered the arrest of the Templars for denying Christ, sodomy, defiling crucifixes and various other offenses that were highly unlikely committed by them.

By 1312, King Edward II had followed France's lead.

Anyway, apologies for the History lesson.

The boy and I traveled to Braintree in Essex this afternoon to visit an old site which was founded in 1137 by Matilda of Boulogne (wife of King Stephen r.1135-1154) . The barns that surround the monumnet, were erected by the Knights Templar sometime in the 13th Century.
There is also a Tudor garden and a granary c 17th Century ;)
Its free and tours are available ;)

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Outfit;
Dress - topshop (via a charity shop - £5.99)
Cardigan - hobbs (via a charity shop - £2.99)


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