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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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.
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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