Friday October 5, 05:14 PM
London, Oct 5 (ANI): The mysteries surrounding the Order of the Knights Templar could soon be exposed after the Vatican announced the release of a key document which has not been seen for almost 700 years.
The Vatican is planning publication of 'Processus contra Templarios', a book on the suppression of the Knights Templar, based on material from the Vatican Secret Archives.
The Knights Templar, a religious order established in Jerusalem in 1118, rose to prominence during the Crusades, and became a formidable military and political force in Europe in the 12th and 13th century.
But when Jerusalem fell to Muslim rule in 1244, rumours circulated that the knights were heretics who worshipped idols in a secret initiation ceremony.
In 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest and torture of all Templars, following which Pope Clement V forcibly suppressed the order. Ever since, the Templars have been thought of as heretics.