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1314: The Last Grand Master of the Knights Templar Burned at the Stake

1314: The Last Grand Master of the Knights Templar Burned at the Stake
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons / Interrogation of Jacques de Molay

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  • Historical event
  • 18 March 1314
  • The last Grand Master of the Order of the Temple - Jacques de Molay – was burned on this day on a small island in the middle of Seine in Paris.

On this day the last Grand Master of the Templar Order – Jacques de Molay – was burned at the stake. This act was part of the disbanding process of the Order on charges of heresy.

The Order of the Temple was dissolved by Pope Clement V in 1312. It was done at the encouragement of the French king Philip IV the Fair, who owed large sums of money to the Templars.

Clement V was the first pope with the Curia in Avignon, instead of Rome, where he was influenced by the French king (this is known as the Avignon Papacy).

The Templars were accused of heresy and sodomy (among the evidence was allegedly their crest, where two men are shown riding on one horse). They were accused of worshiping Baphomet.

De Molay was burned on a small island in the middle of Seine river in Paris. There is a legend that the dying Grand Master cursed the French kings.

Pope Clement V died only a month later, and King Philip IV within a year. Philip’s royal dynasty also died out within 14 years.

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