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The Knights Templars: An Elite Fearsome Group Protecting Pilgrims to the Holy Land

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A chapter in history and betrayal by a greedy, power-hungry king who tortured the Knights Templars.

Fighting Knights Templars

Fighting Knights Templars

The Beginning of the Knights Templars

Formed in 1119 and called the "Poor Knights of the Temple of King Solomon," later shortened to Knights Templars, to protect those on their pilgrims to the Holy Land in Jerusalem. The original of the knights consisted of nine monks, so poor they rode two to a horse. They were sworn to poverty, charity, and obedience. Their headquarters were built on the Temple Mount, Jerusalem. They were receiving a papal bull from Pope Innocent II permitted them to only having to answer to the pope and exclusion from paying taxes. At their peak, they consisted of 15-20,000 members.

The Templars first relied on charitable contributions while wealthy patrons began giving them land and money. As a result, they began accumulating vast amounts of a wealth-building church for their members, yet they lived by Latin Rules, specific ones they had to live by with discipline if regulations were not followed.

Kings and queens gave them massive estates, and Alfonso I of Aragon even gave them one-third of his kingdom. Among their assets were a whole fleet of ships and even the island of Cyprus. They slowly gained respect and wealth.


Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Temple Mount, Jerusalem

King Phillip IV

King Phillip IV

King Phillip IV And His Betrayal of The Templars

King Phillip IV was deeply in debt to the Templars for loans which they refused to forgive. Phillip was greedy and desperate for money after years of fighting wars. He was known to terrify anyone who crossed him. Being vindictive, King Phillip decided to wage a betrayal against the Templars. He even had the pope under his thumb. Phillip had already expelled all the Jews from France while he accumulated their wealth and canceled his debt to the Jews canceled.

On Friday 13th, 1307, Phillip ordered all Templars arrested, imprisoned, and tortured. On the very first day, 50 Templars died while being by brutal means. After that, many Templars fled to England while Spain and Portugal refused to arrest any Templars.

The last grandmaster, Jacques de Molay, and Geoffroi de Charney learned their fate by the king they trusted and a pope they obeyed. They were ordered to be burned at stake on March 13, 1314, and that day became remembered as unlucky Friday the thirteenth.

After spending two years in prison as they were tied at stake, Molay, with courage and dignity, spoke a curse on Phillip and the pope with the words, "I ask God to take revenge on the people who tormented us." Within 33 days, Pope Clement was dead, and King Phillip died within eight months.

Jacques de Molay

Jacques de Molay

Jacques de Molay's Curse

Jacques de Molay's Curse

The Templars Have Inspired Many

They are captured in video games, books, extremists, and novels. The famous Star Wars continues to be popular today. The game, Game of Thrones is also based on the legend of the Knights Templar.

The Mexican government has been fighting the drug cartel called Los Cabelleros, notorious for an influx of drugs and extreme violence.

The book, a best-seller, The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, eludes to the Knights Templar and the lost treasure.

And today, it appears the legend has inspired the growth of modern extremists, and we need to pay heed.

The Epic Star Wars

The Epic Star Wars

The Game of Thrones

The Game of Thrones

Book Cabelleros Templarios

Book Cabelleros Templarios

Book The Da Vinci Code

Book The Da Vinci Code

The Knights Templar Treasure

Many theories exist about the treasure of the Knights Templar, estimated to be in the millions. One idea was that henry Sinclair, himself a Templar, fled to Nova Scotia with twelve ships full of riches. Is it possible the treasure was buried on Oak Island? Years have been searching there and other places. Yet it seems elusive and could be buried anywhere if it existed.


Sources Used

https://www.gqmagazine.co.uk

https://www.thetemplarkight.com

https://www.medievalists.co.uk

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk

https://www.history.com

Comments

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 03, 2021:

So do I.

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 03, 2021:

Nice article. I enjoyed reading it.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on October 03, 2021:

Brenda loved your visit and it's always great to learn about history. Feel better.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on October 03, 2021:

Miebakagh57, thank you so much for your visit. I hope you liked it.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 03, 2021:

A very powerful story. Thanks for the read.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 03, 2021:

I'm always fascinated by stories of the knights templar and the like.

I'm an avid watcher of Oak Island.

I would love to see them find the tresure.

I had no idea that friday the 13th became known that way.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2021:

Reading about the Knights Templars is always intriguing. Thanks for filling in some background information about them, Fran.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on October 03, 2021:

Pamela, thanks for your visit, I appreciate it so much.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on October 03, 2021:

Rosina, I always appreciate your visits and kind comments. Thank you.

Rosina S Khan on October 03, 2021:

It was good to know about the Knights Templars. How evil of King Philip and the pope to betray them! Very interesting article! Thanks for sharing, Fran.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 03, 2021:

This is a good, very interesting article, Fran. The Knights Templar are a fascinating topic. Thanks for sharing.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on October 03, 2021:

Mike, thanks for your visit. The Templars were an elite fighting group protecting pilgrims only to be betrayed.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on October 03, 2021:

Liz, thanks for your visit. There is so much more about the Knights Templar. Such a shame about the tortures by King Phillip.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on October 03, 2021:

John, thanks for your visit, hope you enjoyed it.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 03, 2021:

I have always been intrigued by The Knights Templar. This was very interesting, Fran. Thank you for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 03, 2021:

This is an interesting article. I recall coming across references to Knights Templar when we were in Prague. In Malta we noticed references to Knights Hospitalier.

Readmikenow on October 03, 2021:

Fran, excellent article. You gave me a good insight into the Knights Templars.

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