Trial Against the Templars

Trial Against the Templars

Poitiers (France) — 1312

Official documents from one of the most notorious and mysterious events in history: the trial of Jacques de Molay and the Knights Templar

  1. Founded in 1119, the Knights Templar were some of the fiercest warriors in all of Christendom

  2. The tremendous wealth and power accumulated by the Templars also earned them jealous enemies

  3. The trial from 1307 to 1314 that resulted in their downfall is witnessed here by various official documents

Trial Against the Templars

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Trial Against the Templars

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, commonly known as the Knights Templar, were a monastic military order that rose from humble beginnings in the early 12th century to becoming one of the most powerful organizations in the Western world in the 13th century. In the early–14th century, the Templars suddenly collapsed in one of the most mysterious and infamous episodes of medieval history, apparently the victims of a wide-reaching conspiracy against them.

Trial against the Templars

The Vatican Secret Archive is a centuries-old guardian of the world's largest documentary heritage, which comprises 35,000+ volumes dating back to the 8th century. Its name is somewhat inaccurate: Archivum Secretum Vaticanum more accurately translates as the “Private Vatican Library” – is private in the sense that it is the personal, private possession of the Pope, although contemporary records are kept classified. These are primarily diplomatic documents, ranging from state papers and official documents, to correspondence and account books. A series of documents stored under the shelf marks ASV A.A. Arm. 208, 209, 210 and 217 deal with one of the most infamous and mysterious events in history: the trial of the Knights Templar, which began in 1307 and lasted until 1314.

Medieval Court Records

The first three documents (208, 209, 210) are the surviving specimens of an original corpus of 5 parchment rolls, including the confessions of seventy-two knights questioned by Pope Clement V (ca. 1264–1314) between June 28th and July 2nd, 1308. The fourth parchment (217) records the final acquittal granted to Grand Master Jacques de Molay (ca. 1243–1314) and to other high dignitaries of the Order, even if it did not save them from being burnt at the stake by King Philip IV of France (1268–1314), who had instigated the conspiracy against the Templars in order to wipe his extensive debts to them clean while seizing much of their property. A final document is included, listed in the Reg. Aven. 48 of Pope Benedict XII (1285–1342), which recorded the personal observations of representatives of the Holy See summarizing the depositions of various Templars.


Alternative Titles
Processus contra Templarios
Prozess gegen die Templer
Documentation of papal inquiry regarding the Order of the Templars

Available facsimile editions:
Trial against the Templars  – ASV A.A. Arm. 208, 209, 210 and 217 – Archivum Secretum Vaticanum (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Scrinium – Venice, 2009
Limited Edition: 799 copies
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#1 Processus Contra Templarios

Scrinium – Venice, 2009

Publisher: Scrinium – Venice, 2009
Limited Edition: 799 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Marco Maiorino, Pier Paolo
Languages: English, Italian
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