The Trial of the Templars. Malcolm Barber.

The Trial of the Templars

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. First Canto edition. Paperback. Used - Very good. Toned/foxed. Slightly worn wrap. Notes. Bibliography. Index. 13.5 x 21.4 cm. 312 pp. Item #10212

On 18 March 1314, Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Templars, was burned at the stake. For almost two centuries, the knights of the Order of the Temple had flourished during the Crusades in Palestine and Syria, and in the West, notably in France. But in 1307, the Templars in France were arrested by King Philip IV's officials in the name of the Inquisition, their property seized and the men charged with serious heresies, including the denial of Christ, homosexuality and idol worship. Confessions, extracted under torture, were brought before royal and papal tribunals, but in 1310 a number of Templar brothers mounted a defence of their Order, refuelling the controversies which continued for a further four years before the final executions. Malcolm Barber's fascinating account, assessing the charges brought against the Order, once again puts the Templars on trial.

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