Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Rand Johnson

Second Advisor

Dr. Otto Grundler

Third Advisor

Dr. John Wickstrom

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study consists of a complete translation of a previously untranslated, twelfth-century Latin text: the original Rule of the Knights Templar (Regula commilitonum Christi). Furthermore, since previous scholarship has not dealt much with the content of the original Rule, the introduction, using the Rule as its source, attempts to present a more detailed exploration into the structure and organization of the Order during its incipiency.

Though the body of the text is chiefly translation, findings noted in the introduction indicate i that further research into the Rule is necessary to understand the main areas of influence which comprise the Order's original Rule and that there are indeed more facets to the Rule than previous scholarship has divulged.