Knighthood

Knighthood

The Kingdom of Jerusalem was a Crusader State established in 1099 AD. It fell in 1187 to the Egyptian Ayyubid dynasty and, despite several additional Crusades, Christian Knights never achieved the success they had in the First Crusade. Modelled after the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Kingdom of Israel restores the role of the Crusader Knight as protector of the Kingdom. Knighthood (Recognition as a Knight or Dame) is available to supporters of the Holy Roman Empire & Kingdom of Israel.

In 1128, the cousin of St Bernard of Clairvaux, Hugues de Payens, met King David I in Scotland. The Order established a seat at Balantrodoch. In 1189, Alan FitzWalter, the 2nd Lord High Steward of Scotland was a benefactor of the Order. It is believed that in 1309, during the trial of the Templars, Bishop Lamberton of St Andrews gave the Templars his protection. The Knight Templar Order survived in Scotland and served as the basis for modern Freemasonry with the establishment of the first Grand Lodge in 1717.