Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Women in the Order, pt 2

Christopher,

Yes there were women in the Order, but not as warriors or Monks they were there as healers and to comfort the wounded, they were also involved with the Hospitallars and the Teutonic KNights in the same type of service, this involvement is even depicted in paintings of the time...So since we do not have healers in our Order there is no place for women or so says our Council...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

>>Yes there were women in the Order they were there as healers and to comfort the wounded...

I do not dispute that the women of the Templars functioned much as do the "sisters" of the monasteries of today.

>>So since we do not have healers in our Order...

Just to poke a little good natured fun: Surely the Templars had "healers"...the HIERARCHIAL STATUTES of the Templars, beginning at Rule 190, notes that the Templars had an Infirmarer Brother and an Infirmary. Further, Rule 196 noted that "The Commander of the Land should ensure that the brothers have what they require, and the means with which to buy the medicines they need." and Rule 197 notes that this same officer should "find a doctor for the sick brothers so that he may visit them and advise them on their illnesses." The Templars had an infirmary to tend to the wounded and sick.

I am not saying that the historic Templars had women in their ranks, just that at one time they did have women within their Order.

>>there is no place for women or so says our Council...

We all get to choose our rules of operation.

Just for the record: I am making no judgements. I am making no claims that the historic Templars had large numbers of women within their ranks, or that women should, or should not, be included within any particular group (I think that best left to each Templar organization). My purpose is to just share what little I know.

Christopher