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|Escape, Evasion And Survival: The Case Of The Templars
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|Autor:||Pablo Edronkin [ Jue Mar 02, 2006 7:12 pm ]|
|Asunto:||Escape, Evasion And Survival: The Case Of The Templars|
The Templars were the elite among medieval knights; their order, formed during the crusades, amassed formidable power and wealth over a couple of centuries, but in October 13, 1307 it all came to an end when the King of France and the Pope, sitting in Avignon and politically controlled by the French, ordered the arrest, torture and extermination of the Templars.
The knights were accused of more than a hundred charges of the usual kind investigated by the inquisition; they were tortured, tried and executed, and the whole thing came to an end after a few fears. The date was so infamous because of the brutality used by the French to eliminate the Templars, and we still today consider and Friday 13 to be a day of bad luck.
However, evidence suggest that things happened in a different fashion: least than 10% of all Templars were captured, no documents of the Order were ever found, and the money and riches that the French King and the Pope were expecting to find at the monasteries, were in fact, not there. The Order had a considerable military and commercial naval fleet; it vanished completely the day before the raid on their monasteries. No lists of members of the Order was found, no accountancy books, no weapons, and virtually nothing.
The Inquisition, created a few years before to quell the Catars in southern France, did its job of torturing the captured knights. The Grand Master of the Order was executed on March 18, 1314 at the stake – he was in fact, roasted slowly – but before passing away he cursed his enemies, saying that the king and the pope would die with in a year, and before twelve months, in fact both perished in quite unusual circumstances.
Nothing was investigated afterwards but some fifty years later, the apparently brutish and innocuous peasants of the region of the Alps that now we know as Switzerland, inflicted a painful defeat by means of a sophisticated ambush to an Austrian army at the St. Gottard pass, and their military prowess, the advancement of their society as well as their state and financial institution began to show a remarkable pace that still remains unexplained.
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