Let evil swiftly befall those who have wrongly condemned us – God will avenge us.
– Knights Templar Grandmaster Jacque de Molay, Friday the 13th, 1307
NOTE: On October 13, 1307, a day so infamous that Friday the 13th would become a synonym for ill fortune, officers of King Philip IV of France carried out mass arrests in a well-coordinated dawn raid that left several thousand Templars — knights, sergeants, priests, and serving brethren — in chains, charged with heresy, blasphemy, various obscenities, and homosexual practices. None of these charges was ever proven, even in France — and the Order was found innocent elsewhere — but in the seven years following the arrests, hundreds of Templars suffered excruciating tortures intended to force “confessions,” and more than a hundred died under torture or were executed by burning at the stake. (Tales of the Knights Templar, by Katharine Kurtz)
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