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The Knights Templar and Friday The 13th

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Why are we so worried about Friday the 13th? Many of us are still superstitious, and we avoid black cats and perhaps even walking on the cracks in the sidewalks. Do you walk under ladders or go around them? The origins of many of the most common superstitions are not well known in today’s modern world. It seems a shame because they are part of our heritage. Friday the 13th is one of the strongest held superstitions and is evident all around the world. Movies have been made about Friday the 13th and a lot of people still regard Friday the 13th as an unlucky day. Some people go to real extremes on Friday the 13th and may even stay home from work.

A lot has been written about Friday the 13th and many of the stories have no basis in fact. There is only one real event which can be attributed to Friday the 13th – the arrest of the majority of the Knights Templar on Friday 13th 1307.

The Knights Templar

During the first and the second crusades, around 1118 A.D., the Knights Templar order was created by the order of the Vatican. The Knights Templar were ordered by the Vatican to protect Christian pilgrims as the journeyed to the Holy Lands of Israel, Jordan and other countries in the Middle or near East. The lands of the Holy Land such as Jerusalem were sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians from all nations. The problem was that many European Christians who ventured to the Holy Lands were set up on by Muslim warriors and could risk being tortured or even killed as infidels

Nine monks, called the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, were sent by the Pope to protect the traveling pilgrims. This group of monks later came to be known as the Knights Templar and they did some incredible things. The Knights Templar took up residence in the ruins of Kings Solomon temple, and took vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. This early band of the Templars were soon joined by others and they quickly became known as fierce warriors.

The Knights Templar continued to grow in numbers joined by the sons of many of the noblest families of Europe. Not only were this band of brothers warriors but they were also keen historians and archaeologists. The Templars started to excavate the temple of King Solomon and many people believe they found treasure in the ruins of the temple. Some historians even believe they found the Ark of the Covenant ( Moses’ ark as it was known in ancient times) and the Holy Grail. The Knights Templar became very wealthy and traveled as far as Ethiopia where they built churches. They claimed they had found evidence that Ethiopia should be part of the Holy Land, and went to great length to influence and seize as much power in Ethiopia as possible. In the beginning of the 1300’s the Knights Templar were one of the most powerful forces in Europe and the Middle East.

The Vatican and the European monarchy

The Royal families of Europe and the Vatican were becoming concerned with the activities of the Knights Templar and their increased wealth and power base. The Knights Templar had become a serious threat to the influence of the Vatican church and the European monarchy which was in serious debt. King Philip IV of France was the most indebted royal in Europe and his creditors were pressing for payment. The king’s biggest ally was Pope Clement V who was elected pope 1305. The decision to elect Pope Clement V was greatly influenced by King Philip, and they remained great political allies.

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