Their black & white standard which is called the Beauceant, goes before them into battle. They go into battle without making a noise. They are the first to desire engagement & more vigorous than the others.
When the trumpet sounds for advance, they piously sing this psalm of David Not to us Lord, not to us but to your name give the glory. They couch their lances & charge into the enemy. As one body they ravage the ranks of the enemy they never yield. They either destroy the foe completely or they die. In returning from battle they are the last to go behind the rest of the crowd looking after all the rest & protecting them!
~A 12th century pilgrim describing the Templars in the field~