With regard to the Knights Templar, the key here is Gold and Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The Templars established a Gold backed monetary system across Europe and were a direct threat to the usury ( compounding interest) banking system of the Del Banco bankers in Venice who had funded the sacking of the Orthodox Christian Church of the Haggia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) in Constantinople in 1204.
The Knights Templar protected all Christians irrespective of whether they were Orthodox ( eastern Byzantine) or Latins (western Roman,) including the Cathars from the Languedoc in the south of France who were accused of being heretics by the Roman Catholic church, persecuted and burnt at the stake at Montsegur in 1244.
Their adversaries were the Teutonic Knights who not only attacked Constantinople in 1204, but went on to persecute all Christians who did not give allegiance to the…
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