Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Art & Art History
Second Department or Program
Economics, Business, and Finance
Ann M. Roberts
Today the Knights Templar are known through a swirl of history and conspiracy. The Order of the Temple grew far beyond its original purpose, to reclaim the Holy Land and to protect pilgrims, becoming a banking, financial, and trade giant. The Knights Templars built innovative financial systems, along with a network of monasteries and churches, not only to support the crusades in the Holy Land, but to build, expand, and maintain their empire through the re-working of traditional European art forms to create a particular image of power and piety for both their patrons and enemies.
Woldt, Laura Remien, "The Knights Templar’s Economic Empire and the Images That Supported It" (2018). Senior Theses.