"The Warriors and the Bankers is an interesting discussion about the fate of the monastic and military order Knights Templar after October 13, 1307, the day of its supposed destruction orchestrated by the unpopular King of France, Philip IV. There is strong evidence that some French Templars escaped interrogation, torture and death in France and emigrated to Scotland where they were welcome to fight against the English. Is there also a Swiss connection?
There seems to be, although in absence of any absolute written proof a connection between decreasing Templarism and early Freemasonry. Prior to October 1307 the Templars already engaged throughout Europe in trading and lending money; even monarchs came to them for financial assistance, including Philip IV. The authors describe the Templars as a highly successful and secretive business enterprise, knick named Templar, Inc.