|Birth: ||1244, France|
|Death: ||Mar. 18, 1314, France|
Military Leader, Religious Leader, twenty-third and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. (Birth date in dispute.) Born in Vitrey; died in Paris. The papal decretal to the Templar Knights was that they act as elite shock forces in the Crusades, as well as guard the pilgrim path from Rome to Jerusalem. With the waning of popular support for another Crusade, Philip the Fair of France (Philip IV), desirous of the great Templar wealth and fearful of its power and independence from his authority, conspired with Pope Clement V to have them arrested en masse. The plot to imprison them saw fruition on Friday, October 13, 1307. (Thus was born the legend of unlucky Friday the 13th.) After years of torture at the hands of the Inquisition under charges of blasphemy and moral sin, he, along with other Templars, purportedly acquiesced to the crimes alleged against them. Later, at a public confession prepared by the king, he recanted. King Philip then ordered that, rather than the standard blazing fire, (the norm for convicted heretics,) de Molay be slow cooked over hot coals. The treasure and power sought by the king was never found and both he and the Pope died within a year of the Grand Master's holocaust. (Their death, some avowed, was a result of a curse put on them by de Molay at the time of his demise.) After nearly two centuries of power, prestige and papal favor, escaping Templars found refuge by secreting themselves into the populations of various European nations, often finding employment as mercenaries for sovereigns whose loyalty was more to their own capitals than to distant Rome. De Molay's legend, along with that of his fellow Templars, has only grown in the seven centuries since their suppression. Today, they remain the inspiration for a plethora of books, motion pictures, myths and fraternal orders.
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Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Burned at stake.
Created by: The Preacher's Kid
Record added: Feb 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24863554