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The trial of the Templars in Britain and Ireland

Nicholson, Helen J. 2021. The trial of the Templars in Britain and Ireland. In: Burgtorf, Jochen, Lotan, Schomo and Mallorquí-Ruscalleda, Enric eds. The Templars: The Rise, Fall and Legacy of a Military Religious Order, The Military-Religious Orders: History, Sources, and Memory, London: Routledge, pp. 209-233. (10.4324/9781003163510-13)

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The Templars in Britain and Ireland were not arrested until early 1308, three months and more after the Templars in France. The government of the English king in England and Ireland had no real interest in proceeding against the Templars, although some clergy supported the trial. While hardly any Templars confessed to any of the serious charges, the Order was dissolved in 1311, before the Council of Vienne had made any decisions on the Templars’ fate. The government’s main interest was in taking over the Templars’ properties and ensuring that the Templars’ revenues were sent to the royal treasury. Although the English king claimed that he handed the Templars’ property to the Hospitallers, following papal instructions, in fact he retained many properties, demonstrating that in these islands the Templars’ affair was controlled by the king of England rather than the Church.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138650626
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 13:45

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