The powerplay between the Pope and Philip IV, with the imprisoned Templars caught in the middle, dragged on for years. The Templars were in every European nation. The arrests were made, the Knights were tortured and their leaders eventually burned at the stake. Sir Richard Arcos (II) 4. These same aspects can be seen as inimical to the commencement and gradual evolution of the separate states that would eventually be Switzerland. Many of the Knights Templar in France were arrested on October 13, 1307 at the orders of King Philip IV of France.King Philip was severely in debt to the military order, and hoped to claim their wealth for his own purposes.Scores of charges were leveled at the Templars, many of them similar charges to those which had been directed at other of Philip's enemies, such as heresy and blasphemy. I am reading about the Knights Templar and i keep on reading about how they committed acts of heresy. In recent years a number of writers have claimed that, although the Templars were not heretics or apostates, abuses—such as denial of Christ and spitting on the cross—did take place at Templar admission ceremonies. Only those who persisted in heresy were to be turned over to the secular arm, but, by a rigid interpretation of this provision, those who had withdrawn their former confessions were considered relapsed heretics; thus fifty-four Templars who had recanted after having confessed were condemned as relapsed and publicly burned on May 12, 1310. The final act came on March 18, 1314, when Philip IV ordered the execution by fire of Jacques de Molay and Geoffroy de Charnay as relapsed heretics. In 1310, dozens of Templars who’d retracted their confessions were burnt at the stake as relapsed heretics. Temple Church, London - this is where Knights Templar who had been killed in battle against the heretics were buried. Alongside the Seekers of Truth, who were formed to oversee the templars, they were the Inquisition, bound to serve and protect the righteous. They protected the land and the Chantry from all manner of threats, be it maleficarum (blood mages), abominations, demons, cultists and heretics who sought to subvert the Andrastian religion. The trial period of the Templars took 5 years with protests occurring throughout Europe. Many of the knights afterwards denied their confessions, but in May 1310 fifty-four Templars were burned at the stake in a field outside Paris, after which many of those still alive in prison hastily announced that their confessions had been true after all. The trial of the Templars resulted from the king of France’s desire to confiscate the order’s considerable wealth. The order, which was a military brotherhood, simply practised a secret ritual that was grossly misunderstood and misinterpreted." Moreover, within a century of their founding the Templars had entered into the Western imagination as the ideal of chivalry–and the guardians of the Holy Grail. They simply acted as a huge bank, got fat on the priviledges given to the church (eg tax free status) but were in reality a bank. Over time, they grew into a sort of an international organization. They were supported by powerful members of the Catholic Church such as Bernard of Clairvaux, who wrote the Templar’s initial rules. Regine Pernoud . Similar motives caused the Kyteler case, but this time the greed was Alice’s step-children’s as … Templars: Heretics or Heroes On Friday 13 th October 1307, less than two centuries after the Order was founded, the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon ( The Templars ) were effectively disbanded by Philip IV, King of France. The Knights #Templar: orthodox of heretics? The power and influence of the Templar were growing at a fast pace and in an unstoppable way. All of which adds to the irony of the Templars’ arrest in 1307 on charges of heresy and blasphemy. Thirty-eight, mostly elderly Templars were tortured, 105 ‘confessed’ and 69 leaders were burnt at the stake. There were great expectations of finding loads of money and the immense treasure of the Templars. Suddenly, Catholics were persona non grata and arrested in large numbers, suspected of being behind ‘Papist Plots’ to bring down King Henry. Receptions were held in secret [As I said, this was standard practice in all orders, and no-one said the Benedictines were worshipping a cat], Templar were made to swear they would not leave the order, and sodomy was encouraged. 5. In reality, the Templars rose to become a rich and powerful organisation, financiers of regional wars and holders of valuable property. Local chroniclers in England ‘supported the French version of the Templars’ heresy’, although King Edward II and his prelates did not. ... From their origins as defenders of pilgrims to the Holy Land to their dramatic finish as heretics burned at the stake, Pernoud offers a concise but thorough account of the Templars' contribution to Christendom.