Thursday, October 13, 2005

The persecution of the Knights Templar

1307 On a Friday the thirteenth, Philip IV of France (Philip the Fair; 1268 - 1314) ordered the arrest of all 2,000 Knights Templar in France. He owed them a large sum of money, and also was no doubt troubled by the rise of the Templars as a great European banking house.

Philip confiscated their property and accused them of heresy, witchcraft, being in league with the devil, homosexual acts, the worship of heads and/or a mystery known as Baphomet. Many were burnt and tortured, and many confessed. [See also March 15, 1314, death of Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay.] The Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem and of Rhodes and of Malta, seeing the fate of the Templars, were also convinced to give up banking at this time ...

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