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The Knights Templar Take the Heat

Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are put to the flames after confessing to crimes so terrible, I hesitate to mention them here... mostly because the accusations are ENTIRELY FALSE having been extracted from the Knights by torture, but King Philip the Fair of France needs gold; the Knights Templar have it so the King has used the French courts to get it for him. A few Knights capably defended themselves in court but many of the Knights were illiterate and stood no chance at all. Now their ashes float their way up to whatever fate God has in store for them. [1] [2] [3] [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I have no love for the Knights Templar but they really got the shaft this time. This was all because the King needed gold to prop up the French currency, and rumors about the Knights' misdeeds gave the King an opportunity to murder them by the numbers and take all their stuff. The Pope was sidelined like anyone in the modern day would be when their friends are convicted of heinous crimes, with signed confessions and all one can say is ... "I can't believe it!" ... which is no defense at all. The Grand Knight Templar will be next.

A Last Look in the Mirror

It was a big year for burning folks at the stake. Marguerite Porete was turned into ash along with her famous work, "The Mirror of Simple Souls". We are seeing the beginnings of a strong Christian mystical movement that will produce Saint John of the Cross and Teresa of Ávila, both from the Carmelite Order. Christianity did not react well to new religious movements. When confronted by Church authorities Marguerite Porete refused to acknowledge the authority of the Church to dictate her spiritual path and was willing to die rather than recant. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
The Middle Ages produced an imbalance of women, over men. That left quite a few women without marriage prospects so they went to nunneries or special guilds that amounted to a commune for women that allowed them to support each other in a close social group. Such groups were bound to produce mystics like Marguerite Porete.

Here are a few lines from a poem written someone who will have his own time before the Inquisition...

"Swailing" by Meister Eckhart (June, 1310)

By now, the kindling's lit,
Invisible fire on this dull late spring day.
Clerics, peasants, guildsmen:
From my tower,
Safe and secure by virtue of
Rank and scholarship,
I see them pass, lips
Brimming gossip, fear, dismay,
A Schadenfreud delight, a
Guilty joy. Skipping children
Spinning hoops, dogs and
Chickens, monks and scolding
Dames. It is Market Day,
And Truth leaves bitter
Ashes where she lay.

[12] [13]

Too Boorish for the Moorish

The former Sultan of Granada, Muhammed III has been found floating face down in the pool. Few are shedding tears. After murdering his father before afternoon prayers, he became Nasr in 1302 and by all accounts he was a nasty piece of work. He signed a peace treaty with Castile making Granada a vassal to the King. No one in Granada was happy about that. Last year he lost Gibraltar and won a ticket out of town on a rail. His brother, Abu'l-Juyush Nasr, now rules and Muhammed III will find his resting place on a slope behind the palace overlooking the garden where his father lay buried. [14] [15] [16] [17]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
There is not much information available on Muhammed III. I mention his death because it seemed like the universe coming into balance, and to remind folks that the Muslims are still living on the Spanish Peninsula but not doing so well. In fact, Muhammed's sister is a concubine to a Christian. When that sort of thing is happening, it means a shortage of men of marriageable age.... often due to war.

Moon over Syria

Abu'l-Fida was amongst the leadership that chased the last of the Crusaders out of the Holy Land. Now he has been appointed governor of Hama in Syria. He is described as an historian and writer. His most famous work is The Concise History of Humanity. He documents the location of major cities including latitude and longitude and fills in a lot of holes for historians studying the area. In the modern day he was honored by naming a series of craters on the Moon after him. [18] [19] [20]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Abu'l-Fida was not a particularly nice guy. He led the fight against the Crusaders, slaughtered the men and took the women and children as booty. But he did write well. I suppose there is that.

See Also


  1. Barry, William Francis. The Papacy and Modern Times; a Political Sketch, 1303-1870, New York: H. Holt & Co. 1911, pp. 37-38. (BOOK)
  2. The Knights Templars and Their Fate. languedocmysteries.info. 2011.
  3. Hodapp, Christopher and Von Kannon, Alice. King Phillip IV, Pope Clement V, and the Fall of the Knights Templar Part II - For Dummies, dummies.com. 2014.
  4. Knights Templar - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  5. Marguerite de Porete c. 1250-1310, courseweb.stthomas.edu, 2006 [last update]
  6. The Trial of Marguerite Porete, translated from the Latin by Richard Barton from Henry Charles Lea, A History of the Inquisition in the Middle Age, NY: Macmillan, 1922, Vol 2, pp. 575-578.
  7. Marguerite Porete - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  8. Heresy of the Free Spirit - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  9. The Mirror of Simple Souls - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  10. John of the Cross - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  11. Teresa of Ávila - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  12. Holt, Linda Brown. Religious Scholar - 2010: The Year of Marguerite Porete, religiousscholar.com, 2009 (POEM)
  13. Conway, Timothy (Ph.D.). Meister Eckhart, 2006
  14. Glasscafe (TrekEarth member). Spanish Jewel, a photo from Granada, Andalucia, TrekEarth.com, 2014 [last update] (PHOTO)
  15. Emirate of Granada - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  16. Muhammed III, Sultan of Granada - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  17. Muhammed II al-Faqih - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  18. Abu'l-Fida - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  19. Abulfeda (crater) - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
  20. Hama - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]

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