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Sovereign Brotherhood of Dames and Knights of The Temple

+ N o n N o b i s D o m i n e , N o n N o b i s S e d N o m i n e T u o D a G l o r i a m +

May 2016
Nº 3

The Reconquest
of Seville

M a g a z i n e

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Digital Magazine
Sovereign Brotherhood of Dames and Knights of The Temple


May 2016

Ms. Fuensanta Santos de la Rubia
Contact: [email protected]

Editorial Board:

Priory Council of HSDCT.OSMTJ.
Mr. Jose Maria Fernandez Nuñez

Mr. Josè Mª Fernandez Nùñez
Mr. Josè Maria Arregui
Mr. Sebastian Carbajosa.
Mr. Juan Antonio Cabezos Martinez.
Ms. Fuensanta Santos de la Rubia

Ms. Fuensanta Santos de la Rubia
Mr. Jose Antonio Navarro

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Tfno: 0034 672 110 817
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International Translator Contact:
Mr. Luis Antonio Colòn Arce
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Mr. Luis Antonio Colòn Arce
Ms.Mary Angeles Santiago

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T h e R e c o n q u e s t o f S e v i l l e
Sebastian Carbajosa


A Causal Enconunter.
In spite of being Sevillan by adoption and a native of
Huelva, a neighboring city, our story begins far from
Seville, with a journey (why not) and also with an
anecdote: Still enuroute in search of Templar enclaves,
that day the team of “Non nobis Domine”, my wife
Soledad and I, were resting: it was Monday and the
national monuments were closed, and since we had set
our center of operations in Medina de Pomar, just north
of Burgos, we decided to go to the beach; the closest
one being in Laredo, in Cantabria, scarcely less than
100km. from where we were and knowing that we
would enjoy some scenic sights we took our cameras.
We spent a tranquil and unpreoccupied morning in the

stunning Cantabrian village until just after lunch, while
having our coffee, I noticed a design on my dessert...

—Oh Miss! — I called to the waitress.

—Is something wrong with your coffee “Chiqui”? my
wife asked. -No, wait, Miss, please!

-Yes Sir, at last the surprised waitress addressed my
sudden impatience.

-Pardon me, is this the seal of the village of Laredo? -I
think so, but let me ask the owner...just a moment. —
She left and upon returning she responded affirmatively.

-And tell me, is there a XII or XIII century church in
town?,/ I asked. -

That I do know, a XIII century one in the old part

She answered. -And
what is its patronage?

—Pardon me?

—No, pardon me, to
whom is it dedicated?
— I clarified.

-Ah! to St. Mary. She
replied, whereupon I
requested our check.
—What’s wrong
“Chiqui”, why are
you in such a rush all
of a sudden? Soledad

-I think that there is a Templar church in town, let’s go!

I showed her the pastry as we walked up to visit the
church and we were even more surprised when she
recognized nothing less that the famous Tower of Gold
of Seville on the seal of the Cantabrian city! things
looked promising.

Without a doubt from the XIII century, the Church of
Saint Mary of the Assumption, turned out to be, albeit
with some additions from the XVI and XVIII centuries,
and we were in luck, after a service that was just winding
up, the Sacristan addressed all our questions. when
we queried him about its possible Templar beginnings
he commented that although no documents existed to
corroborate such a claim, it had always been assumed
and suspected to be so: a lone depiction of a single
knight on a pilaster as a mute witness to that supposed
lineage, but a yet more obvious proof was the existence
of a known Templar church a few miles from Laredo,
the church of St. Marina of Udalla.

Ramòn de Bonifaz


We also asked the Sacristan about the seal of the village,
of which we had previously documented ourselves
while awaiting for the service to conclude, thanks to
the different representations and explanations of same
exposed on the exterior of the temple, afterwards I had
the occasion of delving deeper into the subject, this was
the result of our investigation: The seal or shield of the
village of Laredo represents the Guadalquivir River and

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the Sevillan Tower of Gold (Torre de Oro), flanked by
three ships, of which the center one bears on its sail a
red “pate” cross and beneath that ship the chain that joins
one side to the other, which according to history, saidn
chain was broken (in fact, a section of it is on display in
the very church of St. Mary of the Assumption), before
the » assault on the vessel bridge (this consisted of several
barges tethered to each other, that allowed access from
one side to the other without need for a fixed bridge). Said
seal is bordered by the legend, “ARMS OF THE LOYAL
AND NOBLE VILLA OF LAREDO” and surmounted by
the Spanish crown. Apparently it substituted the previous
one at the beginning of the XVI century, and this is not
an exception, the_heraldic shields of the Cantabrian
ports of Santander, Santoña, Comillas and San Vicente
de la Barquera incorporate similar motifs, but why? The
answer is, obviously, Ramon de Bonifaz.

This sailor of Cantabrian origin seems to be, as his last
name gives us his provenance to be from Camargue,
(region south of Arles, France), in spite of the fact that
the “General Chronicle” of Alfonso X “The Wise” tells
us that he was from Burgos.

Early in 1247, he was tasked by Ferdinand III to form an
armada and coordinate with the army for the taking of
Seville, availing himself of the aforementioned Cantabrian
port cities as well as the port of Castro Urdiales.

Once his fleet was assembled, it was reinforced with
more vessels in Galicia, a total of thirteen vessels,
plus another five galleys built in the shipyards of the
aforementioned cities in the Santander region, heading

south, towards our task, on May 3 in the year of our
Lord, 1248, Ramon de Bonifaz, reinforced the bows of
his two heaviest ships with ironibmore than likely with
help from the Temple) and in command himself of the
armored vessels, the Carcena, built in the Santander
shipyards, after the massive chain of the Tower of Gold,
he rammed the ferry bridge that joined the walls of the
beseiged city of Isbiliya with the castle keep located
in the outskirts of Triana, (no longer exists) and once
conquered by the Christian’s it would be pledged to St.

After being weakened by the first assault and broken by
the second, the city was left completely isolated, causing
its surrender by the capitulation of the Emir Axataf on the
23rd of November of that same year before the forces of
the “Saint King”; said feat netted our brave captain to be
appointed First Admiral of the Kingdom of Castille-Ledn
in 1250. Ramdn de Bonifaz would pass away in 1256,
in the city of Burgos.

He is immortalized as well in Seville, the equestrian
statue of Ferdinand III, firmly on its base and to the
king’s right.

But what does the detail of the cross mean? we
confirmed that it only appears on Laredo’s shield,
although, apparently it was precisely here, where
Bonifaz set up his operational base, giving the idea that
he was from that very city, could our Poor Gentlemen
have had a hand in Bonifaz‘ armada? the scarcity, almost
absence of any relevant documentation of the time
relating to Bonifaz’ business (and of the Temple’s obvio)
Urges us to surmise: likely yes, as the Templar’s were
very involved with the “re taking“, understanding this as
a struggle against the Muslims, they also possessed, as
well, a great fleet, which they very well could have lent
some ships to the Royal Armada.

Let us assume that 18 vessels constituted a great fleet
at that time and quite difficult to put together. The
implicitness, besides of the portlof Castro Urdiales,’a
location that authors such as Juan Garcia Atienza or Jesus
Avila Granados, identify as Templar and which has ruins
documented as such, thus is the case of Allendelagua
Castle (eye en daylog wah), which they both verified: in
fact, the first ship that rammed the Bridge of Barges, the
Rosa de Castro, was home ported there.

Now then, the presence of the cross on the shield (let’s
recall from the XVI), was quite possibly attempting to
explain this, that it could still be documented at that time,
or just the normal practice of placing red crosses on the
sails to commemorate the recent discovery of America,
at the end of the XV century, and by having a clear
relationship with the Temple, it follows a very different
history that the one we relate today.

Be that as it may, and following the fashion of erasing
Templar’s from history, in more modern versions of the
shield, the red cross on the center ship was deleted.

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