from Chapter 3
Like an Oil Stain
The Establishment of the Templar Order in Aragnd Navarre
Since shortly before the moment of their official knighting in Troyes, Europe was aware of and awaiting the Templars, for they were seen as representatives of a new ideology capable of pulling Christendom triumphantly from a crisis that the Crusades had not been able to overcome and that the Cluniac pontificate had not even foreseen. Alfonso I, the Battler (1073–1134), king of Aragnd Navarre and later of Lend Castile, was even more attentive to the messianic principles on which the Temple of...