A Student of History

October 5, 2007

Templar Mysteries to be Revealed?

Filed under: The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 6:22 am

From The Telegraph:

The mysteries of the Order of the Knights Templar could soon be laid bare after the Vatican announced the release of a crucial document which has not been seen for almost 700 years.  A new book, Processus contra Templarios, will be published by the Vatican’s Secret Archive on Oct 25, and promises to restore the reputation of the Templars, whose leaders were burned as heretics when the order was dissolved in 1314.

The Knights Templars were the earliest founders of the military orders, and are the type on which the others are modelled.  The Templar Order was founded by nine knights in 1118 A.D. who created an order of ‘warrior monks.’ The Templars were begun in the aftermath of the First Crusade of 1096 A.D. to help the new Kingdom of Jerusalem defend itself against its hostile Muslim neighbors and to ensure the safety of the large numbers of European pilgrims who journeyed to Jerusalem. The Medieval Templar Order was officially ended in 1314 A.D. with the burning at the stake of the last official Grand Master, Jacques de Molay.


  1. This move appears to be in response to the annual campaign by modern-day followers of the Templar tradition.

    A letter to the Pope from living descendents of the Templars appeared in the press in 2004: “We shall witness the 700th anniversary of the persecution of our order on 13th October 2007,” the letter said. “It would be just and fitting for the Vatican to acknowledge our grievance in advance of this day of mourning.”

    On 25 October 2007, exactly 13 days from the morning of the anniversary, an official document will be released by the Vatican absolving the Knights Templar and confirming their innocence.

    Full story with sources and additional reading material:-


    Comment by Jaques — October 10, 2007 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the additional information.

    Comment by John Maass — October 11, 2007 @ 6:46 am | Reply

  3. Could you tell me the name of the artist who painted the Kight templar and where can it be viewed or purchased.


    G Monaghan

    Comment by G Monaghan — March 18, 2008 @ 10:57 am | Reply

  4. I do not know.

    Comment by John Maass — March 18, 2008 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

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