One Day in History
On Friday 13th of October 1307 – a day synonymous with superstition and reportedly stemming from this actual day - the Templar’s were arrested in France and tortured until they confessed to the rumours, slander and jealous fabrication.
King Philip of France, who was in fact up to his neck in debt with the Templar’s, jumped at the chance to pour fuel onto the rumours and he put pressure on the Pope to act against the Templar’s.
By November all Templar’s across Europe had been arrested and charged.
Every defense was quashed by King Phillip, who ordered they be burned at the stake in 1310.
Extract taken from A Poor Knights Tale, a brief view on the ill-fated history of the Knights Templar