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700 years after the dissolution of the order, the trial of the Templars nonetheless arouses huge, immense controversy and hypothesis. In October 1307, the entire brothers of the military-religious order of the Temple in France have been arrested at the directions of King Philip IV and charged with heresy and different crimes. In 1312, Pope Clement V, on the Council of Vienne, dissolved the order. because the Seventies, there was expanding scholarly curiosity within the trial, and a sequence of books and articles have widened students' realizing of motives of this infamous affair, its direction and its aftermath. despite the fact that, many gaps in wisdom and knowing stay. What have been the Templars doing within the months and years ahead of the trial? Why did the king of France assault the Order? What proof is there for the Templars' guilt? What turned of the Templars and their estate after the tip of the Order? This e-book collects jointly the learn of either junior and senior students from all over the world to be able to determine the present nation of scholarship and determine components for brand new examine. person chapters study quite a few elements of the historical past to the trial, the monetary, political and spiritual context of the trial in France, the price of the Templars' tales, and view the trial around the complete of Europe, from Poland and Cyprus to eire and Portugal. instead of attempting to shut the dialogue at the trial of the Templars, this ebook opens a brand new bankruptcy within the ongoing scholarly debate.
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293. 30 PT, vol. 1, pp. 633–4; cf. , vol. 1, pp. 579–80, 593; vol. 2, p. 131. , vol. 1, pp. 210, 246, 347, 372, 517, 545, 573, 585, 612; vol. 2, p. 76. 32 PUT, vol. 2, pp. 374–5 doc. 157; Sans i Travé, ‘Inedito processo’, p. 262. Claims by non-Templar witnesses that brothers had confessed to priests about some of the main charges were made at second hand: UT, vol. 2, pp. 79, 81, 87, 89, 90; Wilkins, Concilia, vol. 2, p. 359; MS Bodley 454, fols 91v–92. 33 PT, vol. 1, pp. 339–40, 342–3. 34 PUT, vol.
2, p. 360; UT, vol. 2, 12 The Debate on the Trial of the Templars (1307–1314) and the ecclesiastical authorities, if they were aware of them, had presumably regarded them in this light. If the reports had been based on fact, it would also be surprising if this was the only matter which had become known. The evidence of non-Templar witnesses at the trial certainly does not suggest widespread awareness of other alleged abuses in the decades before 1307. More specific claims were few. Even if these claims were accepted, it would not be an indication of widespread knowledge of alleged abuses in the decades before the trial.
156 for two alleged confessions to John, bishop of Le Puy. 35 Yet if alleged confessions had been similar to the testimonies given during the trial, it is difficult to see how confessors could have been so sure that there was no heresy in the order; as has been noted, a denial of Christ made in any circumstances was scarcely a trivial matter. In a period when popular heresy was still regarded as a serious threat to the Church, it is difficult to believe that clerics in positions of authority would have taken no action.