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The Templars: From Protector to Victim. University Lecture Series March 2, 2011. Modern Views of the Templars. Ivanhoe Foucault’s Pendulum Da Vinci Code Kingdom of Heaven. Origins of the Order. Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon 1119 to 1311. The Military Orders .

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the templars from protector to victim

The Templars: From Protector to Victim

University Lecture Series

March 2, 2011

modern views of the templars
Modern Views of the Templars

Ivanhoe

Foucault’s Pendulum

Da Vinci Code

Kingdom of Heaven

origins of the order
Origins of the Order

Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon

1119 to 1311

the military orders
The Military Orders

Templars

Hospitallers (Knights of St. John of Jerusalem)

Knights of St. Mary of Acre (Teutonic Knights)

fighting monks
Fighting Monks

The white mantle with a red cross was the distinctive form of dress for knights; sergeants wore a black mantle.

fierce reputation
Fierce Reputation

Relentless defenders of their faith, often likened to the Muslim Ghazis.

demise of the templars
Demise of the Templars
  • Philip IV of France coveted their wealth
  • Their international character and exemption from local rulers made them a “state within a state”
resurging interest in the templars
Resurging interest in the Templars

“The Templars Face the Inquisition: The Papal Commission and Diocesan Tribunals in France, 1308–1311”

By Dale Streeter

How my research changes previous ideas about the Templar trials

arrest trial suppression
Arrest, Trial, & Suppression
  • Why were the Templars targeted?
  • For their wealth or power?
  • Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master, burned in Paris in 1314, his curse
templar legacy
Templar Legacy

Their role was brief but vital.

The Templars live on in popular imagination.