Objective: The Knights Templar is a history course like no other. Featuring an hour's worth of video across 11 lessons, this course will provide learners with an introduction to this legendary order of holy knights. The course offers study guides, quizzes, and supplemental resources for those who wish to learn more. At the end of the course, those who have completed all of the lessons and passed all the quizzes will be rewarded with a gorgeous certificate of completion. 

This course will also explore many of the mysteries surrounding the secretive order: 

- Why did the knights dig secret passages into Jerusalem's Temple Mount? 

- Did they discover the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail? 

- How did they suddenly go from being a poor order of religious warriors to one of the wealthiest institutions in the Holy Land? 

- Did the order really become tainted by occult practices and evil influences? 

- Why was the order suddenly, and violently disbanded? 

- Did one of these knights sail to the Americas --more than a century before Christopher Columbus? 

- And do the Knights Templar still exist today, engaged in secret work to protect what is holy and good? 

Requirements for Certificate of Completion: All videos must be viewed to 100%, and quizzes passed with a score of 80% to earn a certificate of completion. 

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What others have been saying about this course:

Daisy Navarro

“Fascinating review of the history of the Knights Templars. Thoroughly enjoyed taking this course.”

“Fascinating review of the history of the Knights Templars. Thoroughly enjoyed taking this course.”

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James Massey

“The theology of the Knights Templar are accurate however I was surprised to find out that the Pope of the time had pardoned all Knights Templar and restored them back into Holy Mother Church. I enjoyed this course as I am a unworthy servant...”

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“The theology of the Knights Templar are accurate however I was surprised to find out that the Pope of the time had pardoned all Knights Templar and restored them back into Holy Mother Church. I enjoyed this course as I am a unworthy servant of the Knights Templar, and await for The High King to Knight me into his Holy Army at His Pleasure. “ In Hoc Signo Vince’s.” P.S. I am a Scottish Roman Catholic.”

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Cristobal Madrid

“I am a Spanish speaker. I was somewhat afraid to start the lesson. In fact I had to listened to it several times, but at the end I could understood the lesson and learn about the initial relationship between Muslim and Christians. I think that th...”

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“I am a Spanish speaker. I was somewhat afraid to start the lesson. In fact I had to listened to it several times, but at the end I could understood the lesson and learn about the initial relationship between Muslim and Christians. I think that the world should work a little more to improve that relationship. At the end of the day all of us are sons of God.”

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Robert Rowe

“Very intriging and informative, well done! Totally enjoyed it.”

“Very intriging and informative, well done! Totally enjoyed it.”

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Patricia Norman Willson

“Very detailed and well presented. ”

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Rodolfo Duarte

“Clear text, easy to comprehend, complete.”

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 1 - Islamic Dawn

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 1 - Islamic Dawn - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 1 - Islamic Dawn - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 1 - Islamic Dawn - QUIZ
  • 02

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 2 - A Plea for Help

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 2 - A Plea for Help - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 2 - A Plea for Help - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 2 - A Plea for Help - QUIZ
  • 03

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 3 - Foundation of the Order

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 3 - Foundation of the Order - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 3 - Foundation of the Order - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 3 - Foundation of the Order - QUIZ
  • 04

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 4 - A Papal Seal

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 4 - A Papal Seal - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 4 - A Papal Seal - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 4 - A Papal Seal - QUIZ
  • 05

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 5 - Templar Treasure

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 5 - Templar Treasure - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 5 - Templar Treasure - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 5 - Templar Treasure - QUIZ
  • 06

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 6 - To Be a Templar

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 6 - To Be a Templar - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 6 - To Be a Templar - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 6 - To Be a Templar - QUIZ
  • 07

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 7 - Shock Troops for Christ

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 7 - Shock Troops for Christ - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 7 - Shock Troops for Christ - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 7 - Shock Troops for Christ - QUIZ
  • 08

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 8 - Decline of the Order

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 8 - Decline of the Order - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 8 - Decline of the Order - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 8 - Decline of the Order - QUIZ
  • 09

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 9 - Persecution

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 9 - Persecution - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 9 - Persecution - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 9 - Persecution - QUIZ
  • 10

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 10 - Templar Secrets

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 10 - Templar Secrets - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 10 - Templar Secrets - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 10 - Templar Secrets - QUIZ
  • 11

    The Knights Templar - Lesson 11 - Templar Legacy

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 11 - Templar Legacy - STUDY GUIDE
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 11 - Templar Legacy - VIDEO
    • The Knights Templar - Lesson 11 - Templar Legacy - QUIZ

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Marshall Connolly has spent his life in service to God and the Church as an educator and writer. He is a graduate of the California State University system and has earned bachelor's degrees in English and History, as well as a teaching credential. He has completed additional studies at Whitman College, and the University of San Diego. His interests include science and apologetics and he writes on both subjects for Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.

He serves as the first Director of Education for Catholic Online School.

Marshall Connolly

Director of Education

Marshall Connolly