Listen: Knights Templar, King Philip, Pope discussed on Secret Societies
"By thirteen o seven the knights templar had been a significant part of Christian life across Europe for almost two hundred years with each passing decade. They'd grown richer transitioning from holy warriors to landowners and bankers their relationship with the Pope and much of Europe's nobility including King Philip. The fair of France was symbiotic in return for donations and privileges like tax exemptions. They lent money and provided a means for getting into God's good graces Dave and help the French king run his treasury using the temple of Paris. The orders local headquarters as a base. This bank was considered one of the most secure in all of Europe and in emblem of the orders. Power and influence over questions everywhere. There's was the godly unbreachable vault. It was a security Philip and his court appreciated but by the end of the thirteenth century. Not Everyone was pleased with the order and its enormous seemingly untouchable power and wealth. It had been instituted as part of the Crusades and after twelve ninety one when Christian powers were fully forced out of the Middle East by their Muslim opponents many Europeans to wonder how effective the Knights templar really were. They certainly guzzled enough money from their own lands as well as the donations of pious Christians around Europe and the Middle East plus there were privileges namely exemptions from taxes. Some wondered why had so much money and manpower failed to crush. The power of the Middle East clearly reform was needed as we discussed last week. One popular idea for reform was to combine the Knights templar with another powerful religious military order like the Knights templars on again off again rivals. The Knights hospitallers Jacques de Malay- The Grand Master of the Knights templar was not a fan of the proposal in early thirteen o seven. He traveled to the seat of Pope. Clement. The fifth in the south of France at Avignon to say as much. The pope acquiesced he wouldn't force the union but he couldn't leave the debate at that. Some kind of template reform was needed to keep the people of Europe happy instead of the merger. He agreed to conduct a thorough investigation into the orders issues later in October and find solutions. Then naturally Clement mentioned this decision in a letter to French King Philip the fair it was standard practice for European leaders to correspond about events and developments in their personal realms of power. This litter wasn't intended to cast more shadows on the Knights templar at least no more than international frustration with the failed crusades already had but nevertheless implied that the nights weren't such perfect warriors of God as they seemed and it may plant the seed of what was to come in the fertile soil of Philip. The Fares Court where someone picked up that letter. Maybe Philip himself. Maybe one of his advisors but whoever it was the pope's pending investigations seems to have been the impetus for a dark insidious thought perhaps the Knights templars failings or worse than the pope new after all GNOME. It could be sure what happened behind their myriad temple doors and no one knew better than the French court just how far and wide the knights templars power expanded the order operated as the French kings bankers after all when you took their evident failings which even the pope it pointed out and combined it with their extraordinary influence power and wealth. Anything could be possible. The orders crimes could easily extend all the way to the most blasphemous and unacceptable. Sins of the Middle Ages crimes against God and Church. If that was the case well they should be arrested. All of them on charges of heresy. Then they should be burned the stake whether he originated. These suspicions are not Philip. The fair seems to have decided it was terrifyingly possible that the knights were more than just ineffective Crusaders. They were depraved sinners. He started collecting rumors. Some at the French court murmured that perhaps they were idol worshippers unacceptable some cried corruption. Surely some gasped Sodomites practicing institutionalized homosexuality utterly on Godly for Medieval Christians. The whispers did it Philip. The fair had decided September fourteenth. Thirteen seven a secret missive went out from Paris to the Kings officials across France. Preparations were to be made for the arrest and imprisonment of all of the Knights templar in the country including the grandmaster who would be visiting Paris in a month's time the following weeks were a flurry of activity. Quiet activity local law enforcement prepared their strategies for arrest. Local jailers prepped their cells and their torture chambers with no one but the king's men any wiser they had to keep this quiet. If the templars knew what was coming they'd have time to coordinate a response and with their money their influence and their skilled nights. That response could be devastating. But the templars didn't know they had to prepare for such a betrayal instead. They were most likely focused on the debate. They thought was before them. One about the best most efficient way for them to carry out their work run their lands and cooperate with fellow Christian military orders. They were thinking about small reforms not disaster. The pope prepared for his own investigation. Set for mid October geared towards answering those same questions and then on Friday October thirteenth thirteen seven. The kings appointed day arrived Friday. The thirteenth would never be seen the same way again. It was dawn templars around France many of them older men not fit for duty in more active territories who readying for their morning tasks around templar grounds in templer businesses at templer banks. They were saying prayers or preparing for worship and quiet reflection and then the king's men burst through our doors sees them yelled at stood accused of heresy and threw them into jail cells.."