“Templars in Portugal” by Paula Pinto Costa awarded by the Portuguese Academy of History

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"Templars in Portugal" by Paula Pinto Costa awarded by the Portuguese Academy of History

Paula Pinto Costa, CITCEM researcher, has been awarded the Engenheiro António de Almeida – Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão Foundation Prize, 2020, in the History category, for her book Templars in Portugal.

The award ceremony will take place on December 9, at the Portuguese Academy of History, Lisbon. However, given the current limitations imposed by the pandemic, this session will be totally restricted.



Templars in Portugal. Men of Religion and War

Manuscrito Editora, Grupo Editorial Presença

November, 2019

The Order of the Temple did not have a long life. It existed for almost two hundred years (1119/20-1312), but curiosity about it and its knights has spanned centuries. Men of religion and warfare combined their prayer life with the military art, in particular defensive warfare with the purpose of protecting the holy places in the Holy Land and the pilgrims coming from the farthest European lands. Supported by the Pope and the main monarchies of the time, these knightly friars mostly gained respect and prestige and were rewarded for their military bravery with the granting of property and bounties that led to the Order’s growing power.