Crusader Templar Award During the Crusades, within the ranks of the Crusaders was an elite fighting force, highly trained, well-equipped and highly motivated; one of the tenets of their squad was that they were forbidden from retreating in battle. These Crusaders were called the Templars. They were the toughest Crusaders on the battlefield. Their fundraising campaigns asked for donations of money, land, or noble-born sons to join the Order, with the implication that donations would help both to defend Jerusalem, and to ensure the charitable giver of a place in Heaven. The Order's efforts were helped substantially by the patronage of St. Bernard, the leading churchman of the day. The Templars were also shrewd tacticians, following the dream of Saint Bernard who had declared that a small force, under the right conditions, could defeat a much larger enemy. The Knights Templar were truly part of the fabric of everyday society in Europe for nearly 200 years. The order owed its rapid growth in popularity to the fact that it combined the two great passions of the Middle Ages, religious fervor and martial prowess. The Vows of the Templar Knights exhorted them to put on the armor of obedience, and to associate themselves with piety and humility for the defense of the Holy Catholic Church. A Templar Crusader is truly a fearless knight, and secure on every side, for his soul is protected by the armor of faith, just as his body is protected by the armor of steel. He is thus doubly-armed, and need fear neither demons nor men. The motto of the Templars is “To speak sparingly and to wear a grave and serious deportment."