Renaud de Vichiers was born in the early 1200’s and joined the Order of the Knights Templar, appointed Preceptor of Saint-Jean-d’Acre in 1240, and Master of France from 1242-1249.
He was supporter and comrade in arms to King Louis IX of France, who helped in his election as Grand Master, following the death of Guillaume de Sonnac who was killed in Egypt in 1250.
He acted as godfather to a son born to Louis. Relations later deteriorated when Louis started to feel that the Templars had overstepped their authority, negotiating independently with Damascus. The King decided to make an example of the Order, compelling Renaud de Vichiers to exile the Order’s new Marshall Hugues de Jouy from the Holy Land. The King tried to curtail the Order’s independence…
In 1252, Renaud de Vichiers retired from the Order of the Knights Templar to a monastery, where he remained until his death on the 20th January 1256.