On this day in history – Friday, Oct. 13th, 1307

Jacques Demolay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and and 60 of his senior knights were invited by King Philip IV of France and The Pope to Paris for a meeting. Under the ruse of this meeting Jacques Demolay and his knights were arrested and later tried and executed as heretics.

It’s a fascinating story.

Jacques DeMolay

Jacques Demolay and the Knights Templar

Not just Friday the 13th – THE Friday the 13th

One thought on “Not just Friday the 13th – THE Friday the 13th

  • October 13, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    I love this story. The historiography of it is amazing as well.

    It wasn’t until well into the 20th century that authors began to admit that it was possible that the case against the Templars was completely made up. Before that, it was “well there must have been something going on because otherwise, the state wouldn’t have prosecuted them.” In the 20th century we’re less likely to trust our governments. And it’s not just the latter half of the 20th century, either.

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