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'''André de Montbard''' (c. [[1103]]-[[January 17]], [[1156]]) was the fifth Grand Master of the [[Knights Templar]] and also one of the new founders of the Order.
 
'''André de Montbard''' (c. [[1103]]-[[January 17]], [[1156]]) was the fifth Grand Master of the [[Knights Templar]] and also one of the new founders of the Order.
   
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<ref>[[Piers Paul Read]], ''The Templars'' (1999), p. 101.</ref>. 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 [[Battle of Ascalon (1153)|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]].
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The Montbard family came from [[Hochadel]] in [[Burgundy]], and André was an uncle of St. [[Bernard of Clairvaux]], being a half-brother of Bernard's mother Aleth de Montbard<ref>[[Piers Paul Read]], ''The Templars'' (1999), p. 101.</ref>. 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 [[Battle of Ascalon (1153)|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]].
   
 
He died on January 17, 1156, in [[Jerusalem]] and was succeeded by [[Bertrand de Blanchefort]].
 
He died on January 17, 1156, in [[Jerusalem]] and was succeeded by [[Bertrand de Blanchefort]].

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