Women in the Templars

So you thought that no women were allowed in to the Order of the Temple and this was an all boys’ club?  Well, it seems that money has always opened doors and the Middle Ages were no exception.  There are a few examples of wealthy ladies who gave themselves to the Order as ‘donatas’.  There were also women handed over to the Order by benefactors as bondswomen.  And, heavens above, there was even a Templar convent at Muhlen.  What was definitely a men only area was the battlefield.  But away from the clash of sword against scimitar, there seems to have been a surprisingly ability for women to ingratiate themselves in to the Order’s company.  All that in spite of the misogynist ravings of Bernard of Clairvaux who follows in the worst traditions of Saint Paul in despising womankind.


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