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This chapter attempts to approach the officials' personalities by studying three different source types, namely letters and charters, the records of the Templar trial, and narrative sources, to determine what criteria for the assessment of these personalities might be employed. One has to distinguish between the letters and charters authored by the individuals whose personalities one is trying to discover, and those documents merely mentioning these individuals. The chapter begins with letters and charters written or commissioned by the conventual officials themselves, and considers them in chronological order. The records of the Templar trial contain a wide array of 'personal' information. An individual's personality may reveal itself most clearly in situations of extreme stress. For the Hospitallers and Templars of the Latin east, such situations arose regularly in the form of battles and sieges.

Keywords:charters; Hospitallers; Templar personalities; Templar trial



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