Celebrating 900 Years!

Sovereign Military Order Temple of Jerusalem

The Ennobling Oath: A Pilgrim's Reflections on the Historiography of the Knights Templar
David T. Fautua, PhD., Chevalier, KCTJ and SMOTJ Grand Historian

Seminar #1: The Stream of History, the Rivers of Historiography
"Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort work to acquire understanding." – Proverbs 4:7

Seminar #2: The Call of the Crusades: why we still believe but are unable to explain why.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24

Seminar #3: The Outremer: Islam and the Crusades
“… no disguising the fact that the effect of the crusades on Christian-Muslim relations was profoundly destructive.” Norman Housley, “The Crusades and Islam,” Medieval Encounters (2007), 189-208

Seminar #4: The Struggle Within: Europe and US cultural approach to the Crusades.

Seminar #5: The Scholars vs Popular View
We now know much more than ever before about the Crusades. Unfortunately, little of this has reached a general audience—leaving the field to novelists, journalists, or anyone else with a desire to sell books…Frustrated with the ways in which the Crusades have been used and distorted, a few historians are now attempting to close the yawning gap between the academy and general readers. Thomas Madden, “Crusaders and Historians,” First Things, June 2005

Seminar #6: The Narrative of the Modern Crusades. Crusade Historiography: 1950—Present 1. Top historians today: Jonathan Riley Smith, Jonathan Phillips, Christopher Tyerman, Giles Constable, Thomas Asbridge