AN ENQUIRY INTO THE CHARGES AND MOTIVATIONS OF THE CAPETIAN MONARCHY BEHINDINSTITUTING THE FALL OF THE ORDER OF THE TEMPLE
The Concord Review, Vol. 21:4 (2011)
The Templars were a religious military Order, founded in the Holy Land in 1119. During the 12th and 13th centuries they acquired extensive property both in the crusader states in Palestine and Syria and in the West, especially in France, and they were granted far-reaching ecclesiastical and jurisdictional privileges both by the Popes to whom they were immediately responsible, and by the secular Monarchs in whose lands their members resided. They also functioned as bankers on the large scale, a position facilitated by the international nature of their organization. But most of all they bore a large share of the responsibility for the military defence of the crusader state in the East, to which they owed their origin, and on account of which they had become so famous and powerful. However, the start of the 14th century marked the downfall of the Order of the Temple. Even a quarter of the century hadn’t come to pass, and the organization of the Knights Templar had been completely annihilated from the face of earth. From the untouchable holy crusaders, they had been reduced into ashes in history.