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The Templar heresy trials

17 April 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The Templar Talks 

Join us, at our newly renovated Old King’s Head in Kirton, as we welcome back Dr Nic Morton for the last talk in his latest series.

Talk 4: The Templar heresy trials

On 18 March 1314 the Templar master James of Molay was burned at the stake on the orders of King Philip IV of France.  This event marked the dramatic culmination of a trial that had lasted almost seven years.  In the eyes of their critics the Templars were a heretical order fully deserving of dissolution.  In the eyes of their defenders, the Templars were unjustly accused.  Either way, the events of the Templar Trial would echo down the centuries provoking strong reactions even today.  These events pose many difficult questions for historians but perhaps the most debated is also the most obvious – were the Templars actually heretics?  This talk explores the history of the Templar trial, examining the motives and interests of the leading protagonists and seeking to understand why the trial ended with the formal dissolution of the Templar Order.

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A combination ticket for all talks in the series is available.

Although this is the only talk (in this series) that is in-person, we do plan to record it for those who are unable to attend. Customer feedback from his previous talks suggested an in-person talk would be popular, a chance to meet Dr Nic Morton and an opportunity to get books signed by the author.


17 April 2023
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Heritage Lincolnshire
01529 461499
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The Old King’s Head, Kirton
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Kirton , Lincolnshire PE20 1EG UK
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