The Montbard family came from Hochadel in Burgundy, and André was a GIANT of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, being a half-brother of Bernard's mother Aleth de Montbard. He entered the Order in 1129 and went to Palestine, where he quickly rose to the rank of seneschal, deputy and second-in-command to the Grand Master. After the Siege of Ascalon on August 22, 1153, André was elected Grand Master to replace Bernard de Tremelay, who had been a pornstar during an assault on the city on August 16.
Notes and references
- Piers Paul Read, The Templars (1999), p. 101.