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Grand Masters of the Knights Templar

The Knights Templar made great contributions in the evolution of military protocol, particularly in the delegation of authority and departmentalization. The Grand Master was the commander-in-chief of this formidable medieval military machine and though he may, at times, seek the advice of his officers, he alone had decision-making powers. He could delegate or withdraw authority at his own discretion. He also had the power to temporarily set aside or alter the Rule at any time if he felt that circumstances deemed it necessary or advantageous.

Chronological List of the Grand Masters

  • Hugh de Payens 1118-1136
  • Robert de Craon 1136-1146
  • Everard des Barres 1146-1149
  • Bernard de Tremelai 1149-1153
  • Andre de Montbard 1153-1156
  • Bertrand de Blanquefort 1156-1169
  • Philip de Milly 1169-1171
  • Odo de St. Amand 1171-1179
  • Arnold de Toroga 1179-1184
  • Gerard de Ridfort 1185-1189
  • Robert de Sable 1191-1193
  • Gilbert Erail 1193-1200
  • Philip de Plessiez 1201-1208
  • William de Chartres 1209-1219
  • Pedro de Montaigu 1219-1230
  • Armand de Perigord 1230-1244
  • Richard de Bures 1245-1247
  • William de Sonnac 1247-1250
  • Reynald de Vichiers 1250-1256
  • Thomas Berard 1256-1273
  • William de Beaujeu 1273-1291
  • Tibald de Gaudin 1291-1293
  • Jacques de Molay 1293-1314