The Templar's Curse

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-12-17
  • Publisher: Routledge

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On the 18th March 1314, in Paris, Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and Geoffroi de Charney, preceptor of the Knights Templar in Normandy, are led to the stake. Before the pyre at their feet is set alight, Jacques de Molay speaks to the watching crowd, proclaiming a curse on those who had wrongly condemned them. A month later Pope Clement V, who had helped to condemn the Knights Templar, died. Their chief persecutor, Philip IV of France, followed him to the grave a few months later. And famine, plague and revolt were to follow. Was the Templar's curse coming home to roost? The Templar's Curse shows the Knights Templar under arrest, torture and trial, followed by penance for life. Chronicling the dissolution of the order after the trial in 1307, this fascinating new book investigates the consequences of the Templar's persecution and their mysterious legacy. Curses, cruelty, political intrigue, revenge the true story of the Knights Templar is better than fiction!

Author Biography

Evelyn Lord is course director of the Master of Studies of Local and Regional History at the Universityof Cambridge, and staff tutor in local history. She has published widely on local history in academic and popular journals. Her latest paper compares the way in which the Templars farmed their land in Hertfordshire with other ecclesiastical and secular landlords. Her books include Derby Past, Investigating the Twentieth Century: A Local Historian's Guide to Sources, The Knights Templar in Britain (Longman)and The Stuarts' Secret Army (Longman). Her interest in the Templars comes from leading field trips to Denny Abbey in Cambridgeshire; one of the Templars' hospitals in England.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
List of mapsp. x
Grand Masters of the Knights Templarp. xi
A Crusade and Templar chronologyp. xii
A Templars and Britain chronologyp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgementsp. xx
Publisher's acknowledgementsp. xxi
Prologuep. 1
The foundation of the Orderp. 3
Crusadep. 11
Exploits in the Eastp. 21
Medieval Europe at the time of the Knights Templarp. 35
The Templars in the Westp. 46
The fall of Acre and the doomed manp. 54
Rumours and arrestsp. 65
The French trial beginsp. 73
The Knights Templar at the stakep. 85
The Knights Templar on trial in Britainp. 92
More Templar trialsp. 110
The suppression of the Order and the fate of Jacques de Molayp. 119
Were the Knights Templar guilty?p. 128
Who were the Knights Templar?p. 147
The Templar legendp. 157
Conclusionp. 178
Glossaryp. 180
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 193
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