Processus Contra Templarios published October 2007

"The Vatican Secret Archives preserves the surviving acts of the papal inquiry on the Knights Templar Order, conducted in Poitiers in 1308. These were published in a  bilingual (Italian-Englishg) version. The worldwide premiere was held at the Vatican on October 25, 2007, attended by high Vatican officers, members of the diplomatic body from the Holy Site, academics from Vatican universities, as well as outstanding representatives from the military, politics, professional associations and institutions. 

Years of research and organization, conducted by the Vatican Secret Archive on its source material, have made possible the publication of Processus Contra Templarios, the exclusive and previously unavailable hearing of the original acts of the ancient trial against the Templar Knights.

A unique project in the world, this work comes in a limited run of 799 copies, under the supervision of the Papal Archive officials, and includes the faithful replicas of the original parchments kept at the Secret Archive along with a new and exclusive critical edition on the minutes of the inquiry.
A thorough analysis of the original parchments, performed through the technique known as “Wood lamp”, which allows the recovery of parts of text unattainable to previous publishers, has made possible for the supervisors to amend older editions, so as to afford a more accurate and genuine reading of the documents.

The filing of pre-existing sources has indeed allowed to recover misinterpreted text sections as well as standardize  designations for both people and locations. Therefore, the Vatican Secret Archive gives academics and interested subjects access to a precious and scientifically reliable tool of research into the historical facts related to the Templar Order.

Further to the record and transcription of papers and parchment documents, a section focuses on the review of the Templar history and on the trial against them.

This publication is mostly valued with regard to its documents and critical texts, which help throw light onto the events which led the pontiff to acquit the Templar Order from the accusation of heresy.
Clements V suspended the Templar Order, without disbanding it, and he eventually admitted the high Templar dignitaries and the entire Templar Order back into the Roman Church community. "

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André de Montbard - co founder of the Knights Templar

André de Montbard (5. November c. 1097 – 17 January 1156) was the fifth Grand Master of the Knights Templar and also one of the founders of the Order.

The Montbard family came from Hochadel in Burgundy, and André was an uncle of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, being a half-brother of Bernard's mother Aleth de Montbard. He entered the Order in 1129 and went to Palestine, where he quickly rose to the rank of seneschal, deputy and second-in-command to the Grand Master. After the Siege of Ascalon on 22 August 1153, André was elected Grand Master to replace Bernard de Tremelay, who had been killed during an assault on the city on 16 August.

He died on 17 January 1156, in Jerusalem and was succeeded by Bertrand de Blanchefort.


Templar graffitti at Domme, France

"There are Templar graffiti in the dungeon at Warwick Castle in England and at Chinon Castle in France.

But by far the strangest and most intriguing examples are to be found at the guardhouse at Domme, in south-western France.

Traces of the order that have been unaccountably overlooked in the thousands of pages written about the Templars. These wall carvings are as close to first-hand Templar writings are we are ever likely to get, so when the opportunity arose to take a close look at them I seized my camera and sallied forth.

Little did I suspect that what I was to find would leave me astonished and engulf most of my spare time in the following months as I became driven by the need to comprehend what the Templars had left behind on the walls of this terrible place. "

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Pope Benedict XVI and the Knights Templar

June 29, 2009


Vatican, April 8, 2012
Vatican, April 8, 2012

Medallion at 

Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome

April 28, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI, visits the glass casket with the body of Pope Saint Celestine V, the last pope to abdicate on 13th December 1294. Benedict left on Celestine’s casket the long pallium (with Templar crosses) in which he had been invested in 2005.

Pope Benedict XVI's coat of arms are displayed on the back of his chair, Arezzo, Italy, May 13, 2011