Warriors and Bankers: Lesson 5
“The Portuguese Years”

Please read the Chapter 5 entitled “The Portuguese Years” of Butler and Dafoe’s book, The Warriors and The Bankers

Pictured at left is Vasco De Gama, the famous Portuguese explorer who rounded Africa to “discover” India in 1497. He is rumored to have been a Templar,the order still surviving in secrecy as part of the Order of Christ.  He surely had their navigating skill!  Notice his ship has Templar crosses on it.  He was a “Knight Commander of the Military Order of Christ.” Read more about him on this website:Vasco de Gama.

Please copy and paste the following questions into an e-mail, insert your answers, then send to the Templar Officers with the subject line: “W & B Lesson 5 Answers from______________ (your Templar name)”

1)  When were the Templars first established in Portugal? Who gave them land, and why?

2)  What’s so great about the church of Santa Maria do Olivel?

3)  During whose reign did the Templars first start to lose status in the eyes of the Monarchy? Who reigned during their fall?

4)  T/F– The aforementioned king promptly fell into line with Rome.Defend your answer.

5)  What finally Changed said king’s mind? What did he do about it?

6)  T/F– There is absolutely no connection between the Templars and the Order of Christ.

7)  Why do we care about the Order of Christ? What’s so important about them?

8)  Prince Henry the Navigator was a busy man in history– What did he do, and where did the money come from?

9)  What happened to the Order of Christ in 1530?  What happened in 1789?

10)  Describe the Order of Christ in the present.

Essay Question:

We’ve seen that the Order of Christ in effect no longer exists. We know that Portugal is not one of the major powers in the World at the moment. So,remembering your history lessons and what you’ve just read, answer this:If the Order of Christ is a “dead end,” where are the side streets in this history that hint at far more interesting possibilities? What are the implications of their one time power?

Questions compiled by Lady Christine

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