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Templar Retrais

The Templar Retrais are the individual statutes added to the Templar Rule which pertained most specifically to the Order's officers and to other legal considerations of the Order. Among these are sections concerning Hierarchical Statutes (dating to 1165), Penances (one section c.1257-1267, another after 1268), Conventual Life (before 1187), Holding of Ordinary Chapters (after 1187?), and Reception into the Order.

Unlike the Templar Rule, the Retrais were first composed and recorded in French when they were accepted as legitimate additions to the Templar normative corpus, then subsequently translated into Latin at a later date. The French-language versions of these additional rules circulated in all of the manuscripts that feature the French-language version of the Templar Rule.

Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, W. 132.
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds fr., 1977.
Dijon, Archives Départementales, H 111 (stolen in 1985).
Rome, Accademia dei Lincei, cod. 44, A14.

Courzon, Henri (Editor). La Règle du Temple. Paris, France : Librarie Renouard, 1886.

Secondary Literature
Cerrini, Simonetta. "La Tradition Manuscrite del la Regle du Temple." In Autour de la Premiere Croisade, Actes du Colloque de la Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East. Paris, France: Publications de la Sorbonne, 1996, 203-219.