Radio Review – The Ark: Trial of the Templars

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This week on The Ark presenter Rachael Kohn talks with Associate Professor for Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney, John Pryor about documents which shed new light on the persecution of the Knights Templar that rehabilitates the image of the medieval Christian military order.

At dawn on 13 October 1307 all the Templars in France were arrested by royal order, on the charge that they had been involved in secret blasphemous rituals. This led to other arrests of Templars in Europe, and an investigation by Pope Clement V. The University of Sydney Rare Books and Special Collections Library recently obtained trial documents from the Vatican archives, which John Pryor discusses with Rachael Kohn.

ABC Radio National, Sunday July 27, 3.45pm or listen online.