The Sovereign Magistral Order of the Temple of Solomon is the direct lineal continuation of the 12th century historical institution of the original Knights Templar from 1118 AD. The modern Templar Order has been legally and canonically restored to the full depth and substance of its ancient and medieval heritage, and to its original legitimacy as a chivalric, nobiliary and ecclesiastical institution. The facts of this Restoration, and the historical, doctrinal and legal continuity of the Order, are presented here in full detail. Complete and verifiable evidence is provided publicly, contained in the extensive footnotes of authoritative academic source references.
The Arthurian legends of the Holy Grail, written by the Templars themselves  , preserved the chivalric ideals and esoteric values of the Templar Order, and carried its knightly and priestly reputation as “warrior monks” into the present day. Its popularity in literature and entertainment notwithstanding, the facts of its continued existence are no less real. Just as well-known facts of the historical record prove its accomplishments, a wealth of very little-known but verified facts of “lost history” also prove the reality of the survival, restoration and public reemergence of the original Order into the modern era.
The Restoration of the Order of the Temple of Solomon, reestablishing its authentic status of public legitimacy, was successfully accomplished through laborious efforts. This was not undertaken to discredit any Templar-themed organization, neither to claim any influence nor role in the various popular modern groups. Rather, this was intended to provide the practical support of infrastructure and legal capacities of international scope, with revitalizing new infusions of ancient Templar sacred knowledge and scholarship. These resources can be openly shared to advance the collective interests of all Templar groups with maximum global impact.
All revival groups have a place and a role within the overall movement of cultural Templarism. This principle is the basis for the modern mission of outreach and reciprocal cooperation, with a policy of non-interference and mutual respect for necessary rights of autonomy. All Templar groups which genuinely represent goodness, lawfulness and social justice are welcome to connect with and benefit from the support of the original Order of the Temple, while maintaining their own independence.
As a result, all who sincerely desire to live the True Life of Chivalry, as a practical way of life of great relevance and profound significance in the modern era, can now “come home” in Brotherhood and Sisterhood, under the banner of the most famous Order in recorded history, within the fortress of its official capacities of statehood as a sovereign subject of international law.
Popularly known as the “Knights Templar”, this historic institution profoundly influenced the development of civilization, both by its humanitarian missions, and through its distinctive culture of noble gallantry and scholarship. The modern Templar Order is wholly dedicated to actively pursuing the same historical missions to uphold and advance human civilization. Those authentic missions (some charitable, many educational, all humanitarian, and all not-for-profit) are primarily based upon restoring – and applying – ancient knowledge, sacred wisdom and moral values in society. Such projects are driven by recovering those venerable traditions as the collective heritage of humanity, and returning those practices and benefits to all peoples of the world.
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AUTHENTICITY OF TRUE CHIVALRY WITH SACRED VALUES
The authentic Sovereign Magistral Order of the Temple of Solomon is not a “fraternity” for social status, not a “men’s club” for business networking, and not a “power club” for any contrived influence or self-aggrandizement. It is not a “fan club” for knightly fantasies, and not a “revival group” for anachronistic entertainment. It is most certainly not a “haters club” against any other genuine religion or culture of world heritage. Rather, it is only for those who oppose all forms of evil, and are determined to defend and uphold the highest values of good for all of humanity.
The 12th century Templar Order was never connected with any “Merovingian Bloodline”, which was exposed as a mythical hoax in the 8th century, proven to have no royal lineage at all (and thus no claimed relation to Jesus) , and their last French King was deposed by the Pope in 752 AD for that reason . It was never Masonic, and is not involved with the separate traditions of 15th century Freemasonry, a fraternity which does not claim to be a chivalric order, and was founded 330 years after the Knights Templar . It was never related to the infamous 18th century secret society of the so-called “Bavarian Illuminati”, which was formed a full 660 years after the Templar Order . It was never influenced by any claimed “Priory of Sion”, a 20th century fictitious secret society which was exposed as a proven hoax of falsified pseudo-historical documents  .
Any and all philosophies of secretive domination, elitist control or bloodline superiority fundamentally violate all genuine doctrines of Templarism, and find no place nor any tolerance within the Order of the Temple of Solomon. (Note that inheritance of certain hereditary titles or rights does not imply any superiority over the rest of humanity. Under customary international law, even hereditary status can be annulled or revoked due to wrongful misconduct as “involuntary abdication”.) True Chivalry isegalitarian meritocracy, and categorically excludes any “ego trips” or “power trips” in the proverbial “hot air” balloon. True Knights and Dames prefer a humble Quest to defend, uplift and inspire others, in the service of God.
The Temple Rule of 1129 AD from Saint Bernard, which remains the founding Charter of primary Templar doctrines, dedicates the Order to “the love of Justice which constitutes its duties” (Rule 2), requires to punish all wrongdoing “for the love of Justice” to protect the innocent (Rule 47), and commands to “take your rights” only as “specifically established” by law (Rule 57). It declares that “no person shall be elevated” (Rule 34), that “God holds both the strong and the weak equal” (Rule 38), and mandates that no person “strong or weak, who wishes to promote himself gradually… remain unpunished” (Rule 46). It commands that all Templars must be “without any arrogance and without any show of pride” (Rule 18), forbids any “pride or arrogance” (Rule 19), and declares that for one committing an offense “to pride himself in it” requires a “harsher punishment” (Rule 46). 
It is precisely for these reasons, and to remember these core doctrines, that all Templars strive to apply the historical Templar motto: “Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini Tuo da gloriam”, from the Old Testament (Psalm 115:1), which translates as “Not to us, not to us, Lord, but to Thy name give the glory”. 
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LEGITIMACY OF FULL CHIVALRIC & SOVEREIGN STATUS
Unique among all modern Templar-themed groups, the Order of the Temple of Solomon possesses fully documented legal legitimacy as a genuine chivalric Order     , in strict accordance with all applicable historical rules of chivalric, nobiliary and sovereign institutions . Those rules, which remain in full force as the doctrines of customary international law  , and are binding upon all countries , formed the backbone of the complete restoration of the original Templar Order.
That legitimacy was fully restored by the historical legal doctrines of Juridical Continuity, Historical Continuity, Doctrinal Succession and Magistral Succession , all ensuring the proper sovereign reestablishment of the Grand Mastery  . The Order was thereby reconnected with all three sources of its original authorities: Royal, Sovereign and Ecclesiastical. The resulting official legitimacy was based upon, and entirely facilitated by, possessing the full depth, scope and detail of the original substance of the historical Order of the Temple of Solomon.
That restoration of official status legally reconnected the Templar Order with its most important 12th century source of authority: The little known (and much overlooked) Papal Bull Omne Datum Optimum of 1139 AD, by which the Vatican gave the Templar Order an official Tutela Protection grant of sovereignty with full independence:
This Papal Bull is explicitly permanent and irrevocable, granting “in perpetuity… the Protection and Tutelage of the Holy See for all time to come”, such that its independent authority “may not be infringed nor diminished by any ecclesiastical or secular person.” It describes the Order specifically as a “Principal [princely] house… [with] dependencies”, meaning a sovereign Principality of statehood. Strongly emphasizing that it is unconditionally irrevocable, the Papal Bull further declared that “If anyone, with the knowledge of this our decree, rashly attempts to act against it… he shall lose the dignity of his power and honor”, making any attempt to revoke it legally null and void.  The resulting privileges and immunities of statehood were reconfirmed by two other supporting Papal Bulls Milites Templi of 1144 AD  and Militia Dei of 1145 AD .
Vatican scholars documented that the Templar Order did in fact possess and exercise that independent authority, as non-territorial sovereignty of statehood, although it did so quietly and privately, only in its relations with other historical institutions  . Evidencing that the Order also possessed its own inherent ecclesiastical sovereignty from the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon, Vatican records confirm that autonomous Templar Chaplains had exclusive authority to perform all sacraments within the Order .
As a non-territorial sovereign Principality of independent statehood in its own right, the modern Templar Order legally holds the status of a “sovereign subject of international law”  , based upon its juridical legitimacy, authentic substance, and institutional capabilities to advance its historical purposes internationally . The sovereign aspect of the Order is recognized by official United Nations registration as a non-voting “Governmental Permanent Member” of the non-profit “Order of the Temple of Solomon Foundation”, as the UN “Religious NGO Institution” representing cultural Templarism . The Order also holds official Judiciary recognition as a “sovereign subject of international law” from a government licensed Court of international Justice .
By its legalized official status as an independent Principality of statehood, the Order of the Temple of Solomon fully possesses its own inherent Fons Honourum authority, which is vested in the institution itself, in its own right   . This gives the Templar Order legal capacity to officially grant titled knighthood and damehood in nobility, and to create titled nobility of peerage, with full legitimacy under customary international law.
On these legal bases, the Templar Order holds sovereign legitimacy of its own constitutional parliamentary Government, which consists of the Grand Mastery supplemented by Ministers as Crown Officers. Maintaining strict historical continuity, the Temple Rule of 1129 AD remains the primary Charter of the chivalric aspect of the Order  . The Constitution is enacted as the statutes of the Government for the sovereign aspect of the Order in international law, and is thus secondary to the basic doctrines of the Temple Rule.
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AUTHENTIC NAME OF THE ORIGINAL KNIGHTS TEMPLAR ORDER
Note that the phrase “Knights Templar” is only a common informal description, and “Templar” is only a descriptive adjective. Neither the word “Knights” nor “Templar” were ever part of the authentic name of the original historical institution as an official Order of Chivalry:
As documented by a contemporary Bishop in 1145 AD, the Knights Templar “call themselves the Knights of the Temple”, meaning the Temple of Solomon . The 19th century British Barrister (courtroom lawyer) and historian Charles G. Addison confirmed that the historical name of the Templars was the “Knighthood of the Temple of Solomon” . By customary chivalric and heraldic law, a legitimate “knighthood” is properly called an “Order” of Chivalry, such that the only official name is “Order of the Temple of Solomon”. The 12th century Cathars thus formally called it “the Order of the Temple” of Solomon  .
In the Temple Rule of 1129 AD, the official Charter of the Order ratified by the Vatican, the Templars are described (in the original Latin) as an “Order of Knighthood”, with Brothers or Knights “of the Temple”, more formally called “Order of the Temple”, and most completely named “Order of the Temple of Solomon” (Rule 51, Rule 65, Rule 66). 
Legitimate Orders of Chivalry, as public historical institutions, sometimes expand the official name of the Order with a preceding “style” (analogous to styles and forms of address for nobiliary titles). The style is strictly determined by established rules of chivalric law, heraldic law, nobiliary law and Canon Law, all as customary international law. The full institutional name thus consists of the preceding style, followed by the official name of the Order.
Accordingly, the general public has heard of many Orders of Chivalry styled as “Confraternal” (under titled nobility), “Military” (for historical chivalric warfare), “Equestrian” (for active missions and charity), “Hospitallier” (for humanitarian work), “Sacred” (for preserving a unique religious tradition), or “Royal” (under a ruling monarch). Prenominal styles were never intended merely to sound formal, nor for any superfluous self-glorification, but rather are simply for technically correct indication of the legal status of an Order. Such styles are rarely used by legitimate Orders, except in cases of a special or relatively unique official status, when it is appropriate to indicate for legal or diplomatic reasons.
The style “Sovereign” is exclusively reserved for a chivalric Order which is “an independent non-territorial power”, possessing its own autonomous sovereignty of statehood in international law, based upon a permanent grant of Sovereign or Ecclesiastical Protection (or both)  .
The style “Magistral” is exclusively reserved for a chivalric Order “whose juridical position is most special, because this Order contains two distinct prerogatives: The Religion… and the Chivalric Order annexed to the Religion… The Grand Master, Head of the Religion… [is] the holder of the Sovereignty… Therefore, because this Order is dependent on the Grand Mastership, it seems opportune to the jurists to call this Chivalric Order ‘Magistral’” . Thus, “Magistral” means both that it has inherent Ecclesiastical authority, and that it is governed by a Grand Mastery which is continued by Magistral Succession.
Therefore, the full, official and authentic name of the modern Templar Order, as the original chivalric institution from 1118 AD, legally vested with inherent sovereignty and ecclesiastical authority, is “Sovereign Magistral Order of the Temple of Solomon”. The proper Latin name is thus “Ordo Regius Magistralis Templi Solomonis”.
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RESTORATION OF FULL TEMPLAR SUBSTANCE & HERITAGE
Full restoration – and the public reemergence – of the historical Order of the Temple of Solomon was the result of nine years of intensive work (2007 – 2016 AD), applying the collective lifetime works of multiple scholars and curators. This project was diligently conducted by an international group of surviving Templar descendants and cultural Templars for direct continuity, led by Western European historians and archaeologists for authentic heritage, assisted by Eastern European geopolitical strategists for sovereign statehood, backed by two international law firms for strategic infrastructure, and further supported by university departments for quality of substance of the Order.
These nine years of modern restoration directly mirrored (indeed even repeated) the original nine years of the first Templar Knights, restoring the Ancient Priesthood from the Temple of Solomon (1118 – 1127 AD) , as the foundation of the chivalric Order from its inception. Thus, the Order was restored in precisely the same manner in which it was originally founded.
As an integral part of its meticulous restoration, the Templar Order has fully restored, strictly maintains, and teaches to all of its members, the historical rules which governed the original Knights Templar, including: The Code of Chivalry of 1066 AD, the Temple Rule of 1129 AD (as the founding charter), and the Templar Code of 1150 AD. The Order has also restored and equally upholds the international standards which descended from and embody its own 12th century Templar traditions, including: The Rules of Courtly Dress & Regalia of 1672 AD, the Rules of Courtly Etiquette of 1682 AD, and the Rules of Courtly Titles & Forms of Address of 1769 AD.
As a result, all members of the modern Templar Order are empowered to reclaim the genuine heritage of the original Knights Templar, and to fully experience it as a “living tradition”. This unique resource is provided to all members, as a complete working system for living a genuine lifestyle of Chivalry, which is focused on practical real-world application in the modern era.
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THE POWER OF “LIVING HISTORY” FOR A LIFE OF CHIVALRY
As the legitimate continuation of the historical institution, the modern Templar Order has no concern for mere subjective opinions of what some people think “real” Templars supposedly “would”, “could”, “should”, or “must” have done in the past or do in the present. Rather, the exclusive focus of the Order is on the concrete, undeniable evidence in the historical record, which proves what the historical Knights Templar did in fact do, and demonstrates how the genuine Templar way of life of Chivalry actually does directly translate into a practical lifestyle in the modern era. In this way, the fully restored Order literally “makes history come alive” for all of its active members.
The Roman philosopher and statesman Marcus Cicero (106-43 BC) best expressed this timeless rule: “The first law of history, is not to dare to utter falsehood: The second, is not to fear to speak the Truth.”   Following that classical adage of Cicero, the legitimacy and heritage possessed by the modern Order of the Temple of Solomon, and its teachings to all members, are not derived from some mere “version” of history. The Order does not rely on any “secrets” of some “oral tradition” of history, and thus does not need to ask people to “believe” in its statements by its own authority.
Rather, the substance of the Templar Order is firmly grounded in documented facts, as preserved in public sources of the historical record. Abundantly proving this truth to the world, all statements and teachings of the Order, which could possibly be questioned as “unknown” or controversial, are solidly backed by full and proper academic source reference citations, of authoritative historical documents and scholarly works. This makes the accuracy of all such facts and quotes publicly verifiable from the original sources.
The Old Testament records the immortal words of the Biblical King Solomon: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; … There is no new thing under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)  This was famously paraphrased by William Shakespeare: “There be nothing new, but that which is hath been before… Oh that record could with a backward look, even of five hundred courses of the sun, show… in some antique book” .
Accordingly, as so eloquently stated by the US President Harry Truman: “The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”  True to this timeless wisdom, there do exist strong and deep rivers of “lost history”, largely unnoticed by scholars and generally forgotten by humanity. The New Testament of the Bible condemns the secrets of “men, who withhold the Truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18), and declares that “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed.” (Matthew 10:26; Luke 8:17) .
Dutifully fulfilling this Biblical mandate, the modern Templar Order actively recovers and diligently restores key areas of “lost history” from the historical record, returning them to the world as the collective heritage of humanity. This knightly work empowers all peoples of the world to reclaim and resurrect the ancient sacred wisdom as the pillars of civilization, to ensure a fulfilling and prosperous future for all of humankind. In this way, living the life of authentic Templar Chivalry is to experience the power of “living history”, and to actively apply it in practice to solve the problems and challenges of the modern world.
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TEMPLAR CHIVALRY AUTHENTICALLY INTERFAITH & NON-DENOMINATIONAL
As a chivalric institution, the Order of the Temple of Solomon is generally interfaith and non-denominational, while still preserving and upholding its Ancient Catholic traditions, because that heritage embodies the timeless original foundations underlying all major religions of spirituality.
The Temple Rule of 1129 AD (as amended ca. 1200 AD) specifically allowed Templars to “enter into another religion” and remain in good standing (Rule 630) . Accordingly, the Templar Constitution provides that all religious activities of the Order are separate from the chivalric side of the Order, and are thus optional for all Templar Brothers and Sisters.
All people of genuine spiritual dedication to any religious tradition, who seek to be inspired and empowered to pursue noble Quests of worthy historical missions, can benefit from joining the Order of the Temple of Solomon. This experience gives vitality, colour and meaning to life, in the service of humanity, as a defender, disciple and teacher of many millennia of collective human knowledge.
All who seek to experience the authentic Templar heritage and chivalric way of life, whether from any Christian denomination, Celtic or Gnostic tradition, ancient Eastern or Oriental religion, or a personal mixture of any spirituality, are welcomed in the modern Templar Order. Templar Brothers and Sisters are encouraged to choose the style and form of worship of their personal preference, consistent with their preferred culture.
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RELIGION IN THE AUTHENTIC TEMPLAR ORDER
The Order of the Temple of Solomon was first established in 1118 AD, specifically as a mission for the Cistercian Order of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux  to recover the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon, which the first Templar Knights restored by excavating the historical Temple of Solomon   for a nine year period . That Ancient Priesthood, which the founding Templars recovered and restored from the historical Temple of Solomon, thus became known as the “Templar Priesthood”.
The Temple Rule of 1129 AD from Saint Bernard, as a Papal Decree ratified by the Vatican Council of Troyes, recognized the Templar Order as being founded within its own “religion” , and recognized the Templar Priesthood as being its own original denomination of Ancient Catholicism: It describes the Templars as “Disciples” under the Grand Master as a Pontiff (Rule 7), uses an obscure Old Latin phrase as subtle mention of the “Patriarchate of the Temple of Solomon” indicating its own Pontifical authority (Rule 8), and declares the Grand Mastery to be exercising its own ecclesiastical authority (Rule 62) .
The Papal Bull Omne Datum Optimum of 1139 AD was issued by Pope Innocent II, who rose to the Papacy despite adversity, supported by Saint Bernard , who had supported the original founding Templar mission to recover the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon . This fact evidences, and the Papal Bull itself explicitly confirms, that the Vatican grant of statehood was specifically based upon the Order’s own inherent ecclesiastical sovereignty from the Templar Priesthood, and thus the recognition of the unique denomination of Ancient Catholicism was intentional:
This Papal grant highlights “the religious life… established in your house [Temple]… [by] divine grace… inviolably”, meaning that the Ancient Priesthood came from the Temple of Solomon, with inherent sovereignty as an original denomination of early Christianity. It emphasizes that “the house [Temple]… [is] the source and origin of your Holy institution and religious Order, so it shall be… forever the head and ruler” of its domain, meaning that because the Temple is the source of the Ancient Priesthood, precisely for that reason, it holds sovereignty. It mandates that “the customs [laws] instituted… by the [Grand] Master… of your religion… may not be infringed nor diminished by any ecclesiastical or secular person”, thus specifically meaning ecclesiastical sovereignty as a Pontifical denomination. 
The Templar denomination of Ancient Catholicism is the foundation of the 12th century Independent Church Movement created by Pope Eugene III, as part of the Templar missions of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux   who had sponsored the founding Templar mission to recover the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon . Such Independent Bishops created the 19th century Old Catholic Movement, declaring “Adherence to the Ancient Catholic faith… of the Ancient Church” , based upon the “historical primacy… of the Ancient Church” and “Ancient Catholic doctrine” , and created the related 19th century Reformed Catholic Movement . This developed into the early 20th century Liberal Catholic Movement, as a revival of the Ancient Priesthood as preserved by the Templars, which became the most widely recognized tradition within Old Catholicism .
Ancient Catholicism is abundantly recognized by the Vatican, by provisions of Roman Canon law, three Papal Decrees, and five Papal Bulls, such that its legitimacy, validity and inherent ecclesiastical sovereignty are indisputable. It is recognized directly as the Templar Priesthood   , and additionally recognized as the origins and substance of the Old Catholic Movement   .
Members of the Templar Order can experience the Templar Priesthood in one or both of two different ways, as alternative voluntary options. Because of the many millennia of history and heritage involved, the Ancient Catholic denomination is bifurcated into two separate and autonomous institutions supported by the Templar Order: (1) The Ancient Catholic Church, continuing the Priesthood of the Biblical Solomon, for the canonical 1st – 12th century classical Church experience; and (2) TheMagi Priesthood of Melchizedek, continuing the Priesthood of the Biblical Magi, to experience the most ancient universal sacred doctrines of divine communion since the beginning of recorded history.