Loading
Rediscovered History
Deatils emerge on Knights Templar document from Secret Archives

.- A recently rediscovered document has shed new light on the trial and suppression of the legendary Knights Templar. CNA previously reported that the document would be published, but now more details have become available.

The Knights Templar were a military order formed during the early Crusades to protect Christians in the Holy Land.  They became very wealthy, owning property all over Europe and the Middle East.  They even began an early international banking system. 

In the early fourteenth century the French King Phillip IV ordered the Grand Master of the Order and other knights burned after the order was accused of heresy, blasphemy, and sexual misconduct.  Various legends have accrued to their reputation, including the most recent claim that the knights possessed the Holy Grail.

The rediscovered document, known as the Chinon parchment, is an original account in Latin of the investigation and trial of the Knights Templar.  The investigation took place in Rome between 1307 and 1312.  According to the document, Pope Clement V exonerated the Templars on the charge of heresy, but found them guilty of other infractions.  He also ordered the Knights Templar to disband.

The Chinon parchment was lost for centuries after a cataloguing error.  It was rediscovered five years ago by Barbara Frale, a historian who works in the Vatican Library's Secret Archives.

The new book’s publisher, Scrinium, has already published two other digitally mastered and hand-finished collections of color reproductions of precious documents from the Secret Archives.

The document is 20 inches wide by six and a half feet long - the size of a small dining table.

The parchment is being reproduced for academic libraries.  Copies will be printed on synthetic parchment and packaged in a soft leather case with a reproduction of the original papal wax seal.  Each of the eight hundred copies will cost $8,000. Seven hundred and ninety nine copies will be available for sale and the final copy will be presented to Pope Benedict.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

A state without territory elects new government
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Jul
24

Liturgical Calendar

July 24, 2014

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Gospel
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 2: 1-3, 7-8, 12-13
Gospel:: Mt 13: 10-17

Saint of the Day

St. Charbel Makhlouf »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Homily
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/21/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: