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On the 18th March 1314, in Paris, Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and Geoffroi de Charney, preceptor of the Knights Templar in Normandy, are led to the stake. Before the pyre at their feet is set alight, Jacques de Molay speaks to the watching crowd, proclaiming a curse on those who had wrongly condemned them.


A month later Pope Clement V, who had helped to condemn the Knights Templar, died. Their chief persecutor, Phlip...

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The Templar's Curse

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Overview

On the 18th March 1314, in Paris, Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and Geoffroi de Charney, preceptor of the Knights Templar in Normandy, are led to the stake. Before the pyre at their feet is set alight, Jacques de Molay speaks to the watching crowd, proclaiming a curse on those who had wrongly condemned them.


A month later Pope Clement V, who had helped to condemn the Knights Templar, died. Their chief persecutor, Phlip IV of France, followed him to the grave a few months later. And famine, plague and revolt were to follow. Was the Templar’s curse coming home to roost?


The Templar’s Curse shows the Knights Templar under arrest, torture and trial, followed by penance for life. Chronicling the dissolution of the order after the trial in 1307, this fascinating new book investigates the consequences of the Templar’s persecution and their mysterious legacy. Curses, cruelty, political intrigue, revenge…the true story of the Knights Templar is better than fiction!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317865186
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/22/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Evelyn Lord is course director of the Master of Studies of Local and Regional History at the Universityof Cambridge, and staff tutor in local history. She has published widely on local history in academic and popular journals. Her latest paper compares the way in which the Templars farmed their land in Hertfordshire with other ecclesiastical and secular landlords. Her books include Derby Past, Investigating the Twentieth Century: A Local Historian's Guide to Sources, The Knights Templar in Britain (Longman)and The Stuarts' Secret Army (Longman). Her interest in the Templars comes from leading field trips to Denny Abbey in Cambridgeshire; one of the Templars' hospitals in England.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations     ix
List of maps     x
Grand Masters of the Knights Templar     xi
A Crusade and Templar chronology     xii
A Templars and Britain chronology     xv
Preface     xix
Acknowledgements     xx
Publisher's acknowledgements     xxi
Prologue     1
The foundation of the Order     3
Crusade     11
Exploits in the East     21
Medieval Europe at the time of the Knights Templar     35
The Templars in the West     46
The fall of Acre and the doomed man     54
Rumours and arrests     65
The French trial begins     73
The Knights Templar at the stake     85
The Knights Templar on trial in Britain     92
More Templar trials     110
The suppression of the Order and the fate of Jacques de Molay     119
Were the Knights Templar guilty?     128
Who were the Knights Templar?     147
The Templar legend     157
Conclusion     178
Glossary     180
Bibliography     185
Index     193
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