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Today in History: January 13

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1128: Pope recognizes Knights Templar Pope Honorius II grants papal sanction and declares the Knights Templar an army of God. Founded in 1118, the Knights Templar were a Catholic military order who were active until 1312.


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Barb Knight (1688)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 12:51 pm
Amazing history of mine.

Raleighaway k (355)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 1:02 pm
Wow! ty Barb

Pat B (356)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 1:11 pm
Thanks, Barb for post. xo

Kathleen Mireault (211)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 1:15 pm
S&N. Amazing! Thx for sharing Barb.

David C (89)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 2:21 pm
thank you, Barb

Animae C (508)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 3:34 pm
On Friday 13 October 1307 CE (a date sometimes linked with the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition) King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of all Templars in France. His motivations remain unclear but suggestions from modern historians include the military threat of the Templars, a desire to acquire their wealth, an opportunity to gain a political and prestige advantage over the papacy and even that Philip actually believed the rumours against the order. Initially, Pope Clement V (r. 1305-1314 CE) defended this unsubstantiated attack on what was, after all, one of his military orders but Philip managed to extract confessions from several Templars including the Grand Master James of Molay. As a result, the Pope ordered the arrest of all Templars in western Europe and their property was seized.

A trial followed in Paris in 1310 CE, after which 54 brothers were burned at the stake. In 1314 CE the Grand Master of the order, James of Molay and the preceptor of Normandy, Geoffrey of Charney, were burned too, again in Paris, the former still protesting his innocence as he was marched to his funeral pyre.
De Molay reportedly remained defiant to the end, asking to be tied in such a way that he could face the Notre Dame Cathedral and hold his hands together in prayer. According to legend, he called out from the flames that both Pope Clement and King Philip would soon meet him before God. His actual words were recorded on the parchment as follows :
"Dieu sait qui a tort et a péché. Il va bientot arriver malheur à ceux qui nous ont condamnés à mort"
("God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death").

Pope Clement died only a month later and King Philip died in a hunting accident before the end of the year.

Thanx Barb

Glennis Whitney (393)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 5:31 pm
Very interesting Thank you for caring and sharing Barb

Colleen L (3)
Sunday January 13, 2019, 7:52 pm
Fascinating article.
Thanks Barb

Danuta W (1251)
Monday January 14, 2019, 3:18 am

SylvieBusy A (191)
Monday January 14, 2019, 4:22 am
Very interesting.
Thank you

TOM TREE (247)
Monday January 14, 2019, 8:27 am
This is interesting !...
Thanks for the Info
Thank You 4 Sharing .....

John J (0)
Monday January 14, 2019, 10:35 am
thanks for sharing

Jack Y (0)
Monday January 14, 2019, 10:52 am

Jerome S (0)
Monday January 14, 2019, 11:09 am
Thank you

Jim Ven (0)
Monday January 14, 2019, 11:23 am

Sharonaway R (13)
Monday January 14, 2019, 5:41 pm
Interesting. Thanks Barb and Animae.

Nita L (127)
Wednesday January 16, 2019, 4:46 pm
Great article.
Thank you dear Barb.
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