(4) Knights Templar Series: The Templar Heresy Trials


Knights Templar Series – Talk 4

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Join us, and Dr Nicholas Morton, as he returns to deliver a series of online talks.

Date: Thursday 19th May 2022

Time: 7pm – a 45 minute talk with a Q & A afterwards

Venue: Online

Tickets: £6 member ticket / £8 non-member ticket.

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 accusers 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 in the present day.  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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