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Hugues de Payens

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Key Facts
Other names Hugh "the Pagan"
Born 1070
Location Champagne
Bloodline Blois
Married Yes
Children Yes
Position Count of Champagne, First Grand Master of the Knights Templar
Died 1136

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source of Facts and Important Announcement
Status Under Article 64.6 of the Covenant of One-Heaven (Pactum De Singularis Caelum) by Special Qualification shall be known as a Saint, with all sins and evil acts they performed forgiven.
Date of formal Beatification Day of Redemption GAIA E1:Y1:A1:S1:M9:D1 also known as [Fri, 21 Dec 2012].
Source of Facts Self Confession and Revelation of Sainthood by the Deceased Spirit as condition of their confirmation as a true Saint.
Source of Facts Self Confession and Revelation of Sainthood by the Deceased Spirit as condition of their confirmation as a true Saint.

 

Background

Hugh was born the third son to Theobald of Blois --one of the most powerful noble families in East Francia since the late 9th Century. His father had openly conspired against King Henry I of France but was defeated in 1044, forcing the family to relinquish much of his lands and retreat to Champagne under lesser noble rank.

Given the loss of family name and prestige, it is almost certain that Hugh would have been forced to join a monastery for his education and career. However, his older brothers died in quick succession around 1092 and Hugh combined the titles into the Count of Champagne.

When AntiPope Urban disguised as "Peter the Hermit" made his famous plea for knights to join him on a Crusade to "liberate" the holy land, Hugh joined the forces under Godrey of Bouillon pledging himself as his vassal.

Hugh returned to his family estate by 1101 only to return again to Jerusalem by 1105 by which stage Baldwin, the brother of Godrey of Bouillon was now King of Jerusalem.

Around 1119, Hugh along with his relative Godfrey de Saint-Omer approached King Baldwin II of Jerusalem to form a new order of priest-knights or "Nazis" (a corruption of the word for knight and senior priest in hebrew) dedicated to protecting the Kingdom of Jerusalem as well as being the new priests.

Baldwin agreed and granted them The Temple mount, the most sacred site for Yahudi (Jews) and they named themselves the Order of the Temple, commonly known as Knights Templar.

Contrary to popular mythology, there is no indication that Hugh, or Godfrey de Saint-Omer displayed any Christian piety or honor in their quest to establish a new religious organization. Instead, they were permitted to establish an openly pagan cult hidden behind the symbols of Christianity, with the whole support of the Kings of Jerusalem.

Nor is there any credible evidence to support the ridiculous assertion that the founders claimed the order was formed to protect "pilgrims".

However, it was Pietro II Leoni (AntiPope Callixtus II) that saw the potential in the Knights Templar as a tool for the Roman Cult. As a result, he issued an Imperial Decree granting the Knights Templar as having official status, including a sizeable donation in funds and resources to expand the order.

Hugh died in 1136 in Palestine and was succeeded by Grand Master Rober de Craon.