Rules of 1290 AD
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Prince Judge Matthew of Thebes
Grand Master, Order of the Temple of Solomon
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Medieval Rules for Modern Behaviours
The basic “Membership Rules” of the Order of the Temple of
Solomon are directly derived from the Temple Rule of 1129 AD
as its founding constitutional Charter , which is based upon
the Code of Chivalry of 1066 AD . These have been
reconstructed and restored from the original writings of the
founding Knights Templar, and summarized in this report, as
the original rules which are most relevant to modern membership issues.
The Temple Rule was amended with detailed “Hierarchical Rules” on certain
behaviours requiring suspension or expulsion from the Order (Rules 224-454),
all codified by ca. 1150 AD. It was further amended with more detailed rules on
admission and induction into the Order and related membership issues (Rules
630-678), all codified by ca. 1290 AD.
Therefore, the present summary of the primary medieval rules, consolidated
into topics addressing the most common modern issues, can best be properly
named the “Templar Membership Rules of 1290 AD”.
Core Principle Behind All Rules of the Order
Under the Code of Chivalry, Templars must “Perform all secular duties