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The Templars

Updated on March 28, 2015

Introduction

The Templar Knights,
(or Knights Templar) were
real people.

Although seeing the Da Vinci Code
or Indiana Jones one might think of
myth, from 1118 to 1314 they took it
as their duty to protect Christians
who wished to journey to the Holy Land.

Who They Were

The Knights Templar were Monks. Monks who could fight; something like Ninjas. They were extremely effective warriors.

They claimed to have possession of the Ark of the Covenant.

As portrayed in the Da Vinci Code,
the Knights believed Jesus and Mary Magdalene had married and had children and
after his crucifixion she had come with their children to France.

The children married into French Royalty and began the Merovingian line which
the Knights swore to protect at all costs.

The Beginnings

The Templars created Inns all along the route to the Holy Land. They had their own currency so that one could deposit sums with them and travel forward using a letter of credit, accepted everywhere along the route.(The First Credit Card).

Hence a person could leave France, travel though what is today Germany, on through the Slavic nations, down into the Middle East without having to worry about cash. They would stay at Templar Inns, eat their fill, then travel on.

This encouraged travel and created many side businesses, i.e. running inns and stables, growing food, etc. and made the Templars very rich.

The Down Fall

By the year 1300 they were the most popular Religious Order, and the strongest. There were over 7000 members.  The Knights Templars owned more than 900 castles.  They had a great deal of gold and treasures.

They had so much wealth they could make loans. One of them to the French King.

Bad Debt

Phillipe IV of France owed a great deal of money to the Knights Templar.
He did not wish to repay this money.
He decided the Templars had become too powerful.. He talked to the Pope, making it clear that as things were, the Templars could overthrow both of them, unless they acted first.


The Pope

The Pope, who ought have aligned with his Monks, instead aligned with the French King. He joined in the plot against the Templars.

The Knights Templars were very much beloved, considered great heroes. They were considered perfect Warriors in the Service of Christ.

But the King owed money he didn't want to pay, and the Pope aligned with the French King.

The Invitation

Jacques de Molay, the Grand Master of
the Knights, was invited to Paris by the
Pope.

As he arrived he was arrested.

The French King dispatched his soldiers to capture all the Knights hey could find
at the various castles. Over fifteen thousand of Molay's supporters were captured.
Some escaped.
It is believed some reached Switzerland.
It is uncertain how many eluded the French forces.

In France, Molay and the Knights were charged with various offenses, including Sodomy.

The Trial and Execution

In 1314 Jacques de Molay was sentenced to life imprisonment.
This was due to his confession.
As he stood in the plaza, he suddenly proclaimed he had only made the confession because he was afraid of torture.

He claimed the Knights were guilty of no offence.

At this outburst, Jacques De Molay and his second , Geoffroy de Charnay, were
sentenced to execution. They were taken to the isle of Javiaux where they were
slow roasted over a fire and took a very long time to die.

The End

The Knights Templars were dissolved. Their property was taken by the Church, (the reason the Pope was so willing to align with the French King).

The King was freed of his debt.

Despite searches, the Ark was never found.

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    • kaltopsyd profile image

      kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      History can be so interesting is told properly. Thanks.

    • qeyler profile image
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      qeyler 6 years ago

      thank you

    • knell63 profile image

      knell63 6 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      Interesting hub qeyler, I have always found them an interguing group of people. I think we could do with some righteous moral cruisaders with great big swords these days to put the world to rights and bang a few heads together.

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      qeyler 6 years ago

      I also wrote about the Hospitalers, who were very similar. The dif is that they never loaned the King money, so they actually sort of still exist, (st. John's ambulance)

    • michiganman567 profile image

      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Nicely written. I was looking for your article on the Barbary pirates, but you have a lot of content.

    • qeyler profile image
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      qeyler 5 years ago

      thank you...the referrencing is to other articles written elsewhere..primarily Triond.

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