Brush up on your Templar history in preparation for Knightfall

Brush up on your Templar history in preparation for Knightfall

HISTORY’s new epic series Knightfall premieres Wednesday, Dec. 6 – right after Vikings. Knightfall mines the history of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages, who were entrusted with protecting Christianity‚Äôs most precious relics.

From the origin of the Templar name, to their invention of modern-day banking, to their inspiration to George Lucas for Star Wars, read more about the history of the Templar Knights:

Origins of the Templar name

The Templars provided inspiration for Star Wars’ Jedi Knights

Templars battle tactics

Templars as businessmen

Forbidden from retreating

The Templar had over 20,000 members at its peak

Templars invented some of the first forms of Western banking

The Pope’s endorsement and wealth

 

Knightfall airs Wednesdays at 10 EP, starting Dec. 6.