Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday the 13th

Templar Cross
Lacapelle Balaguier
It's Friday the 13th and I'm thinking about the Knights Templar. It was on Friday, October 13, 1307 that King Phillip IV's diabolical plan to take control of the Templars' wealth was launched. Across France, his military commanders opened orders that instructed them to immediately arrest, imprison and torture any Knights Templar in their territories. You can read an  account of the day's events here. This was truly a bad luck day for the Knights and for their Order which was destroyed, their riches going into the King's coffers.

The area where I live is dotted with Templar holdings. I've blogged about some of them here, here, and here. There is even thought that my next-door neighbor, the Chateau was originally part of a Templar land grant. Its Templar style cross...
and the carved stone medallion over its gates...
may be evidence that the Chateau's first inhabitant was a Knight Templar.

1 comment:

  1. How exciting, a mysterious castle on your doorstep! Glorious photos, as ever, Evelyn. Will you do some more research into your ancient neighbour?