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

The Knights Templar are one of the two major Christian military orders that were founded during the Crusades. The other, the Knights Hospitaller, we’ve encountered with respect to the failed Ottoman siege of Malta in 1565. The Hospitallers, in fact, are still around today, although nowadays you’re more likely to 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 want to pay them back.

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