Today – Friday, October 13th, 1307

Friday the 13th has traditionally been looked as a black day. A day filled with old superstitions and inuendo to bad things happening. Watch out for the black cats, ladders on the sidewalk, and breaking mirrors. But today is a 700 year anniversary to one of the darkest acts in history.

699 years ago, French King Phillipe IV, conspiring with Pope Clement V, arrested and dissolved the Order of Knights Templar arresting the order in France, including their Grand Master Jacques de Molay. The arrest was founded on accusations and scandalous, perverse rumours about them .

After interrogations and likely coerced confessions (remember this was the era of inquisitions), de Molay confesed only to “denying Christ and trampling on the Cross”, statements he was forced to repeat in public for the humiliation of the noble order. With his confession, the Pope ordered the arrest of all Knights Templar across Chrisendom, which lead to tortured confessions and accusations of herasy. Many Templar knights were absorbed into other knighthoods, such as the Knights of Malta and the Hospitilars.

De Molay and his command, languishing in prison for 7 years, to be given life sentences in 1314. Seeing the destruction of the order he rose up and recanted his confessions in an act of defiance to Phillipe IV, who summarily had de Molay burned at the stake on the Ile de la Cite in the river Seine.

On the pyre, it’s said that de Molay cursed the King and the Pope to meet him before the judgment of God before the year was over.

Both Philip and Clement V died before the year was out.

The arrest of de Molay on that fateful October 13th, 1307 signaled the end of the once prosporous and vigilant knights. It is believed by some that a handful of knights escaped with the wealth of the order on boats bound to parts unknown. One suggestion is that the knights landed in Scotland, where they fought under the leadership of Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn, for the independence of Scotland. One myths say that the Templar knights were one of the early influences of the Freemasons and by merging their knighthood with the early stone masons, they were able to preserve their rites through time. Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland is believed to be an early example of this merger.

So on this unlucky day of Friday the 13th, remember the 13th of October 1307 as the end of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, better known as the Knights Templar.

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~ by Greg on October 12, 2006.

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