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Coat of arms of Armand de Périgord
Armand de Périgord (or Hermann de Pierre-Grosse) (1178–1247?) was a descendant of the
Counts of Périgord and a Grand Master of the
He was master of the Province of
Sicily from 1205 to 1232. In 1232, he was elected Grand Master of the Templars. He organized attacks on
Sephoria and Praetoria, and against the Muslim positions around the
Sea of Galilee. All of these expeditions were failures and diminished the Templars' effectiveness.
In 1236, on the border between
Cilicia, 120 knights, along with some archers and
Turcopoles, were ambushed near the town of
Terbezek). In the first phase of the battle, the Templars reached the town but they met fierce resistance. When reinforcements from
Aleppo arrived, the Templars were massacred. Fewer than twenty of them returned to their castle in
Bagras, fifteen km from the battle.
In September 1239, Armand arrived at
Acre. He made a treaty with Sultan of
Damascus, in parallel with the
Hospitaller treaty with the Sultan of Egypt. In 1244 the Sultan of Damascus demanded that the Templars help repel the
Asia Minor. In October 1244, the Templars, Hospitallers and
Teutonic Knights, together with the Sultan of Damascus, confronted the Sultan of Egypt and his Khwarezmian allies at the
Battle of La Forbie. The Christian-Muslim coalition was defeated, with more than 30,000 deaths. Some Templars and Hospitallers reached
Ascalon, still in Christian hands. Armand de Périgord may have been killed during the battle, or may have been captured and survived until 1247.