This custom museum display showcases an authentic Medieval Templar Cross pendant dating from circa 1100-1300AD. Very nicely preserved, it belonged to European Crusaders. The crusade pendant is hand-stuck Bronze.
The Knights Templar or simply the Templars, were a Catholic military order recognized in 1139 by the papal bull Omne datum optimum. The order was founded in 1119 and was active until about 1312.
The order, which was among the wealthiest and most powerful, became a favored charity throughout Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and power. They were prominent in Christian finance. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. They also managed large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom, developing innovative financial techniques that were an early form of banking,
The Templars were closely tied to the Crusades; when the Holy Land was lost, support for the order faded. Rumors about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created distrust, and King Philip IV of France – deeply in debt to the order – took advantage of the situation to gain control over them. In 1307, he had many of the order's members in France arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and burned at the stake (the origin for the ominous superstition held by Friday the 13th.) Pope Clement V disbanded the order in 1312 under pressure from King Philip.
It is believed by many that the order managed to survive in secrecy, and to this day, remain the keepers and protectors of long-lost treasures such as the Holy Grail as well as the Ark of the Covenant...
It's protected under plexiglass in a custom museum display to keep it looking pristine, ensuring protection of your investment while allowing you to fully appreciate this piece of collectible ancient history. The customized descriptive metallic plaque, in addition to the detailed finishing, add to the elegant, gallery quality look. Complete with a certificate of authenticity, this piece is an exciting investment that will only get better with age.
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