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T his site is a repository of varied information on the Knights Templar, a military order of the early 12th to early 14th centuries, and other knightly matters of the period. It is maintained for the enjoyment of medieval history enthusiasts such as myself, and it does not attempt to be in any way definitive or historically correct further than the validity of the sources cited in it. On the other hand, it will contain information from a variety of sources and a bibliography on mediaeval history.

D isclaimer 1: This site does not have any affiliation with Freemasonry, the Society for Creative Anachronism, or any other organization, despite the fact that many pages with such connections are linked to the Preceptory.

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D isclaimer 2: This site is not affiliated with Trantex Oy, Finland's largest translation agency, in any other way but the gateway to the Internet I am using. I am very grateful to Trantex for offering me the access to the WWW.

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