Vatican To Release Knights Templar Documents

Knoxville (WVLT) -- If you're a fan of "The Da Vinci Code," this might interest you.

There has been a mystery uncovered, one not mixed with fiction.

A parchment about the early 14th Century Heresy trial of the Knights Templar, an ancient Christian order, is the basis of a limited edition volume the Vatican is releasing from its secret archives.

The parchment shows that Pope Clement V initially absolved the Templar leaders of heresy, though he did find them guilty of immorality and planned to reform the Christian order.

Under pressure from the French King Phillip IV, the pope later reversed his decision and suppressed the order, driving them into hiding.

The Vatican work reproduces the documentation of the papal hearings convened after the king arrested and tortured Templar leaders in 1307.


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