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Templar Diplomatic Texts in French


Templar diplomatic texts are less numerous than their Hospitaller counterparts, due to the unfortunate loss of the Templar archives some time after the destruction of Acre in 1291. However, a number of Templar diplomatic texts, including commercial and financial charters, testaments, legal acts, letters and other documents were culled from a wide range of sources, and a corpus of around seven hundred texts which concern the Templars (from the period between 1100 and 1350) is now availible for scholars to consult. Among these texts, roughly twenty-five were first composed in French, offering a glimpse into the French-language practices of the Templar Order. Follow the links below to see a summary of these texts, according to their locale of production.
 
 

Links to Templar Diplomatic Texts:


Bibliography:

Printed Source Collections:

  • Delaville le Roulx, J. Cartulaire Général de l’Ordre des Hospitaliers de S. Jean de Jérusalem. Paris : Leroux, 1894-1906, vol. 1-4.
  • Delaville le Roulx, J. Documents Concernant les Templiers, Paris, 1882.
  • Claverie, Pierre-Vincent. L'Ordre du Temple en Terre Sainte et a Chypre au XIIIe siecle. Tome 3. Nicosia: Centre de recherche scientifique, Sources et Etudes de l'Histoire de Chypre, 2005.
  Secondary Literature:
 
  • Burgtorf, Jochen. The Central Convent of Hospitallers and Templars. History, Organization and Personnel, 1099/1120-1310. Leiden: Brill, 2008.
  • Hiestan, Rudolf.  "Zum Problem des Templerzentralarchivs" Archivalische Zeitschrift  77 (1980), pp. 17-38. 
TempLar Diplomatic Texts - Location Unspecified
 

Date: May 4 , 1250
Locale:  Unspecified
MS:  Malta, Archives of the Order of St. John, div. 1, vol. 5, no. 31.
Type/Summary:
donation
 Garcia Alvarez, with the consent of his wife, makes a donation in perpetuityto the Abbey of Mount Tabor of land flanked by property owned by the Templars. 
Source Edition:
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Date: April, 1255
Locale:  Unspecified
MS:  Malta, Archives of the Order of St. John, div. 1, vol. 5, no. 48.
Type/Summary:
donation
Jean the German, lord of Cesaria, and Marguerite, his wife and daughter of Jean, lord of Cesaria, sell the Castle of Chatillon to the Hospitallers which abuts property owned by the Templars, for 50 bezants.
Source Edition:

Delaville le Roulx, J.Cartulaire Général de l’Ordre des Hospitaliers de S. Jean de Jérusalem. (Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1894-1906), vol. 2, 775-776.

Date: October 1258
Locale:  Unspecified
MS: Malta, Archives of the Order of St. John, div. 1, vol. 18, no. 28.
Type/Summary:
grant of safe conduct
Thomas Berard, Grand Master of the Templars, grants safe conduct and protection to a list of travellers to Tripoli to conduct business with the prince.
 
Source Edition:
Date: May 27, 1262
Locale: Unspecified
MS: original lost
Type/Summary:
arbitration
Compromise between Thomas Berard, Grand Master of the Templars, Hughes de Revel, Grand Master of the Hospitallers, in which they grant the power to settle their differences to Thomas, bishop of Jerusalem and others.
Source Edition:
 Summary only in: Claverie, Pierre-Vincent. L'Ordre du Temple en Terre Sainte et a Chypre au XIIIe siecle. Tome 3. Nicosia: Centre de recherche scientifique, Sources et Etudes de l'Histoire de Chypre, 2005, doc. 149, p. 151.
Date: July 9, 1262
Locale: Unspecified
MS: original lost
Type/Summary:
arbitration settlement
Thomas Berard, Master of the Templars, agrees to the arbitration with the Hospitallers concerning the mills at Doc and Ricordane.
Source Edition:
Summary only in: Claverie,Pierre-Vincent. L'Ordre du Temple en Terre Sainte et a Chypre au XIIIe siecle. Tome 3. Nicosia: Centre de recherche scientifique, Sources et Etudes de l'Histoire de Chypre, 2005, doc. 153, p. 155.
Date: March - July, 1267
Locale: Unspecified
MS: Paris, Archives Nationales, tresor des chartes, J 456, croisades no. 36.
Type/Summary:
 request for aid
 Guillaume of Agen, patriarch of Jerusalem, lists twelve pressing issues for those living in the Holy Land to Amaury de la Roche, commander of the Templars in France.
Source Edition:
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Date: January 1, 1271
Locale:  Unspecified
MS: Malta, Archives of the Order of St. John, div. 1, vol. 7, no. 2. 
Type/Summary:
indirect document; donation
Jean de Montfort, Lord of Tyre, confirms to Hughes Revel a donation made to their order by Philippe de Montfort. One of the donated lands are situated near to vineyard of the Templars.
Source Edition:
Date: September 5 , 1278
Locale: Unspecified
MS: original lost 
Type/Summary:
arbitration
 Comprommise between Bohemond VII, prince of Antioch, and the Templars, concerning many differences between the prince and the order. 
Source Edition:
Summary only in: Claverie, Pierre-Vincent. L'Ordre du Temple en Terre Sainte et a Chypre au XIIIe siecle. Tome 3. Nicosia: Centre de recherche scientifique, Sources et Etudes de l'Histoire de Chypre, 2005, doc. 186, p. 179.

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