13th October 1307…

At dawn on 13th October 1307, the simultaneous arrest of all the Knights Templar in France occurred, on the orders of King Phillip IV.  This led to the suppression of the order, as well as the torture and execution of many of the Knights, including the last Grand Master, Jacques de Molay.

Much mythology has grown up around the Templars, but I much prefer the solid facts!  I started a little journey around the remaining Templar sites in the UK a few years ago, a journey that has been postponed over time with recurrent car problems, but one I will finish one day, as well as to journey to other countries to visit their remaining buildings, sketching, painting and writing as I go.

As much as I enjoy legend, superstition, folklore and myth in other contexts, I seem to have problems with it in connection with the Templars.  Perhaps that is just the inner archaeologist, scientist coming out in me!

Knights Templar at www.middle-ages.org.uk

Knights Templar at Wikipedia

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