Today in European history: the Knights Templar order is purged (1307)

and that's the way it was

The Knights Templar are the more famous of the two major Christian military orders that were founded during the Crusades; the other, the Knights Hospitaller, we’ve already looked at a bit more closely in talking about the failed Ottoman siege of Malta in 1565. The Hospitallers, in fact, are still around today, although nowadays you may see them called the “Order of St. John” or the “Order of Malta.” The Templars, meanwhile, barely survived into the 14th century before the entire order was wiped out in a collaborative effort by Pope Clement V (d. 1314) and French King Philip IV (d. 1314), which mostly had to do with the fact that Philip owed the Templars a lot of money and didn’t really want to pay them back.

After the last Crusader strongholds along the eastern Mediterranean coast were lost to the Mamluks around the turn of the 14th century, you…

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