The cursed and embattled Knights Templar have been fodder for literary works for centuries. Burned at the stake for heresy after confessions likely given under duress, the Knights Templar mythology has become legendary. The Vatican is releasing trial documents regarding the accusations of the Order’s heresy and sexual misconduct. These are documents which have been kept secret for 700 years. The reproduction of the minutes “Processus Contra Templarios — Papal Inquiry into the Trial of the Templars” has a $8,333.00 price tag. Only 799 copies have been made.
The Knights Templar amassed a great deal of wealth. King Philip the IV of France accused the group of heresy. In a document discovered in 2001, it appears that Pope Clement V disputed the charges, believing instead that while the Knights Templar may have been involved in other sins such as sodomy, violence, abuse, they were not heretics.