About Templars


Philip "Le Bel" called Philip the Fair was born in the year 1268, 0ne hundred and fifty years after the formation of the Knights Templar and was King of France from 1285-1314. How could someone as corrupt as he, be called by the people, Philip the Fair? The term "The Fair" was a reference to Philip IV's good looks, being tall and handsome with long blonde hair and blue eyes. Philip Le Bel, in contrast to his pleasing looks, was a cold and secretive man who had strong wishes for France to be the head of the empire. In order to accomplish this plan he would need great financial resources (which the Templars possessed) and a week and subservient Papal Throne. Philip is well known for his battles with Boniface VIII (See chronology below). At one point Philip publicly burned Boniface VIII's Bull Unam Sanctam which gave the Pope absolute supremacy over everyone. There was, at the time of around 1305, a plan to unite all the religious fighting orders into one order called the Knights of Jerusalem. A plan, which Jacques de Molay was involved

in but disapproved of, for fear that the other orders were not, as disciplined as his Templar Knights. The supreme ruler of this order (The Rex Bellator or War King) was Philip Le Bel's desire. In fact he even went so far as to make this a proposal to Rome, stating that future Kings of France should automatically be given the title and any extra revenues of the order given to the Rex Belletor. The uniting of the orders never did come to be.

Philip's persecution of the Templars in his quest for money was not his first attempt to destroy a people. He first went after the Jews and the Italian bankers (Lombards) He expelled Jews from France after taking their properties.

"First he seized all the Jews in his kingdom and forced them to give up their fortunes by removing one of their eyes and threatening to remove the other"

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Philip in his quest for more and more money, recalled all the coinage and melted it down for his usage only to replace it with coins minted of lesser value. This in a round about way, is probably the first recorded case of devaluing currency. It was when Philip so devalued the French currency that he was forced to seek refuge from his people in a Templar shelter. Here in the Paris temple, Philip became aware, perhaps for the first time of the true wealth of the Knights Templar. It was here in the protecting arms of the order that he first manifested the idea of stealing their vast wealth for his political agenda.

As the Templars were free of all authority save for that of the Papal Throne, the only way Philip could lawfully seize Templar assets was to accuse them of magic and heresy, which he did through his right hand man, Guillaume de Nogart, who has King Philip's chancellor. An interesting side note to Guillume, is that the lawyers parents had been burned at the stake as Albigensian heretics.

On Friday the 13th of October 1307 (the real reason the day carries bad luck) all the Templars in France were arrested on a variety of charges and accusations. The trials of the Templars lasted from that date through until March 19th, 1314 when Jacques de Molay the last (known) Grand Master of the order was burned at the stake. So the story goes, as he burned in agony, he invited both Philip and Pope Clement to join him within a year. Philip the Fair, accuser of the Templars died in 1314, perhaps helping to perpetuate some of themyths of occultism surrounding the Templar knights.

Chronology Of Philip IV (The Fair)

1268 C.E.
Birth Of Philip The Fair
1285 C.E.
Succeeds his father (at ther age of seventeen) as The King of France
1294 C.E.
Boniface made Pope
1296 C.E.
Boniface issues a Bull forbidding Clergy of paying Taxes (Clericus Laicos) This created a problem for Philip IV as he wanted these funds to bail himself out of debt
1299 C.E.
Philip refuses to support Boniface against Aragon
1302 C.E.
Boniface issues Papal bull Unam Sanctam giving absolute power over all
1302 C.E.
Philip publicly burns Boniface's Bull
1302 C.E.
Boniface offers French throne to an Austrian Emperor Albert
1303 C.E.
Philip has Boniface VIII attacked...Boniface subsequently dies
1303 C.E.
Edward I makes peace with Philip
1305 C.E.
Philip makes Bertrand de Gotte Pope (Clement V)
1306 C.E.
Attempt by Philip and Clement to unite orders of Templars and Hospitallers
1307 C.E.
Templars arrested by Philips men on Friday October 13th
1314 C.E.
Philip condemns Jacques de Molay to death by burning at the stake
1314 C.E.
Philip and Clement both die within one year of DeMolays Death