Baillie of Sidon

(Knights Templar Site)




My name is Brother Modar the Unknown.
I'm also know as Modar le Templar.

I began in the SCA in 1976.
Due to my interest in the history of the Knights Templar,
I have started this website as a starting point
for those in the SCA with a similar interest.
I call it the Baillie of Sidon.
Many Templar sites have come and gone since I began this page. 
I can't say why many disappear so fast. 
Perhaps it's because that stars that burn bright burn fast.
As time allows I will continue to add to and update this site. 
I ask your indulgence about any missing links. 

If you have an interest in developing 
a Knights Templar Household,
check out these links:

Assembling Your Templar Kit
  -   How to dress the part of a Templar
by Robért de Tyre
Company of Outremer   -   A wonderful group promoting higher ideals.
(Formerly known as the Commandery of Antioch)
Brother Helmut's Guide to Templar Reenactment   -   Info on what Templars wore
by Helmut Heinrich Scheiner von Meers
Baillie of Tortosa   -   Templar group in the SCA kingdom of Artemisia
(The Kingdom of Artemisia site is here.)
Priory of Tortosa   -   Templar group for Empire of Ironthorn reenactors
(Connected to the Baille of Tortosa SCA household)
Women as Warriors in the 12th Century   -   The Order of the Hatchet was founded in 1149 to honor the women who fought for the defense of the town of Tortosa against a Moorish attack.


If you have an interest in developing 
a Knights Templar persona,
check out the following links:

A History of the Knights Templar in the Crusades: An Overview
by Ron "Modar" Knight
The Knights Templar Preceptory
Research Questions for Developing a Persona
An Online Virtual History Class of the Crusades
by Dr. E.L. Skip Knox
ORB: The Templars
The Primitive Rule of the Templars
The Rule of St. Benedict Compared with the Rule of the Templars
A History And Mythos Of The Knights Templar
Letters of Crusaders
(Hanover College Resources)
Art of the Crusades Era
Information about the Heraldry of the Crusader States
The Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon
Founding of the Knights Templar
A Brief History of the Knights Templar
from info gathered by the ETHRN Federation 
The Templars in the Corona de Aragón by Alan John Forey
Chapter One: Introduction: The Foundation of the Temple
Chapter Two: Expansion: (i) The Reconquest and the Growth of Property
Chapter Three: Expansion: (ii) The Creation of Provinces and the Foundation of Convents
Chapter Four: Rights and Privileges: (i) Secular
Chapter Five: Rights and Privileges: (ii) Ecclesiastical
Chapter Six: The Exploitation of Property
Chapter Seven: Templar Organization and Life: (i) The Convent
Chapter Eight: Templar Organization and Life: (ii) The Province and its Relations with the East
Chapter Nine: Secular Activities of the Templars
Chapter Ten: Conclusion: The Dissolution of the Temple

People of the time of the Crusades
Queen of Jerusalem (1105-1160)
Anna Comnena
Byzantine Historian of the First Crusade (1083-1153)
Shagrat al-Durr
Eleanor of Aquitaine
The Women Left Behind
(The effect of the Crusades)
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

One of the interesting aspects of the Templars was their general prohibition against playing games.
However, there was one game that was allowed them. The latter part of Rule 317

[from The Rule of the Templars trans. by J.M. Upton-Ward]
addresses this game:

"And let it be known that a brother of the Temple should play no other game except marelles,
which each may play if he wishes, for pleasure without placing wagers."

Marelles is the old French name for the game now called Merels.
For the rules of this game, click

Recommended readings:

The Rule of the Templars   -   trans. by J.M. Upton-Ward
The Knights Templar   -   by Stephen Horwath
Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar
in the Crusades
  -   by John J. Robinson
The Atlas of the Crusades   -   ed. by Jonathan Riley-Smith
A History of the Crusades   -   by Sir Steven Runciman
(Vol.I The First Crusade & the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem)        
(Vol.II The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East 1100-1187)        
(Vol.III The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades)        
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades   -   ed. by Jonathan Riley-Smith
The Knight of Outremer   -   by David Nicolle

Non nobis, Domine, non nobis sed Nomini Tuo da Gloriam
(Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your Name give the Glory)

SCA Links & Resources
The Art of Courtliness
SCA Clothing & Garb Resources
SCA Combat & Weapons
SCA Armour & Chainmail
SCA Tournament Companies
Templar Sisters in the SCA
SCA Protocol Articles

Other Links & Resources
Knighthood, Chivalry & Tournaments Resource Library
KCT Glossary of Terms
Clairvaux University: Medieval Ecclesiastical Studies
The Knights Templar - History and Mystery
Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Heirosolymitani

Links that are "Missing in Action"
.List of Historical Templar Strongholds in the Holy Lands
Knighthood and the Knights Templars
by Michael J. Watson
Romanian Site for Templar Studies
Latin Prayers of the Middle Ages

If you are not familiar with the SCA but would like to know more, 
check out the following links:

SCA   -   General Intro to the SCA
Forgotten Sea   -   SCA Group (I have previously been Territorial Baron of this group)
Cum an Iolair   -   SCA Group (I have previously been Seneschal of this group)
Terminology   -   Definitions of some common SCA terms
Heraldry   -   My page on SCA Heraldry

©1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008  Ron "Modar" Knight
Baron Modar Neznanich, Order of the Pelican, Volk Herald

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This Baillie of Sidon page (and sub-pages) are published by Ron Knight (known in the SCA as Modar Neznanich) for the edification of the members of the Barony of Forgotten Sea, its cantons, the Shire of Cúm an Iolair and the members of the SCA. It is not a corporate publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and does not delineate S.C.A. policies. In cases of conflict with printed versions of material presented on these pages or it's links, the dispute will be decided in favor of the printed version unless otherwise indicated. Opinions expressed are those of the authors.

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