Start Date

1-5-2019 10:30 AM

End Date

1-5-2019 11:45 AM

Disciplines

European History | History of Religion | Military History

Subjects

Knights Templar (Masonic order) -- History, Freemasonry -- History, Philip IV (King of France) 1268-1314

Abstract

The creation and expansion of the Knights Templar exemplifies the power of religious organizations during the time of the Crusades. However, it is the dissolution of the Templars that makes the order’s existence stand out among other knight orders. While the legal accounts of King Philip IV condemn the Templars for heresy, modern scholars and the political context suggest the possibility of exploiting the order for its significant financial holdings. This paper follows the history of the Templar order, from its creation to its demise, to evaluate how the Templars drifted far enough from their initial mission to provide royals with the ammunition to eradicate the order’s branches.

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May 1st, 10:30 AM May 1st, 11:45 AM

The Knights Templar: The Course of God and Gold

The creation and expansion of the Knights Templar exemplifies the power of religious organizations during the time of the Crusades. However, it is the dissolution of the Templars that makes the order’s existence stand out among other knight orders. While the legal accounts of King Philip IV condemn the Templars for heresy, modern scholars and the political context suggest the possibility of exploiting the order for its significant financial holdings. This paper follows the history of the Templar order, from its creation to its demise, to evaluate how the Templars drifted far enough from their initial mission to provide royals with the ammunition to eradicate the order’s branches.