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Friday, October 13, 1307

According to Dan Brown (DVC, 159-60), this date is the origin for the unlucky "Friday the thirteenth," though there are many theories on that designation's origin. On October 13, 1307, France's King Philip IV ordered the abrupt arrest of all the Knights Templar, which had accrued considerable monies and lands in two centuries. Philip accused the Templars of various forms of sacrilege, and since they were a tightly disciplined secret order, they had difficulty disclosing their true activities. Pope Clement V vehemently protested the king's actions, and he suspended the bishops and inquisitors who helped interrogate and torture the Knights, but by 1312 he had become persuaded that the order was sufficiently nefarious and corrupt to suppress it. Dan Brown's account eliminates Philip's role in the process, singularly blaming the pope, who in fact had initially tried valiantly to protect the order. See also Clement V, Pope; Knights Templar; Philip IV, King.



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