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The Knights Templar on trial: The trial of the Templars in the British Isles, 1308-1311

Nicholson, Helen Jane 2009. The Knights Templar on trial: The trial of the Templars in the British Isles, 1308-1311. Stroud: The History Press.

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The trial of the Templars in the British Isles was far less dramatic than the trial in France. No Templars were burned at the stake; there were no fatal curses and no searches for missing treasure. Several Templars disappeared, but most of them later returned – from Ireland, where they had been living openly and collecting government pensions alongside the Irish Templars. King Edward II protested against the trial, but went along with it so as to protect his own interests. Although witnesses came forward to testify that the Templars were all guilty as charged, the papal inquisitors could find little solid evidence against them. Their final report to the pope was made up of second-hand rumour and gossip. Yet while the Templars insisted that they were innocent, the Church authorities in England resolved to dissolve the Order, long before the pope made the final decision for dissolution. This book follows the course of the trial in England, Scotland and Ireland, and the work of the royal administrators of the Templars’ estates, offering an insight into the Templars’ everyday life in England and Ireland at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 9780750946810
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