Banner Knights of Santiago, 110 x 70 cms.
Banner of the Knights of Santiago, crafted in cotton and with measures of 110 x 70 cms. Following the example of the Knights Templars, about the year 1158, a group of thirteen knights castellanos decided to do vote of protecting the pilgrims who went to Santiago de Compostela. Some years later, in 1171, the knights decided to take monastic votes under the rules of St. Augustine, and later, obtained the recognition of Pope Alexander III. Their purposes were exclusively military and had its center in Montalban (Aragon). The Knights of Santiago only admitted nobles in their brotherhood. From the mid-THIRTEENTH century, the Crown intervened directly in the appointment of the masters and from 1485, the Grand Master of the Order was the King.