Christ, Order of the Knights of

[Order of the Knights of Christ] Military order, organized, 1317, to replace the Knights Templar in Portugal, and granted their possessions; it undertook the conquest of Islam in Africa. The religious spirit gradually declined, the grand mastership became a prerogative of the crown, and in the 19th century its possessions were confiscated. The papal decoration, Order of Christ, owes its origin to this order.

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