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The proceedings against the Templars in the British Isles - Volume 2: The Translation

Nicholson, Helen Jane, ed. 2011. The proceedings against the Templars in the British Isles - Volume 2: The Translation. Farnham: Ashgate.

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In October 1307 all the brothers of the military religious order of the Temple in France were arrested on the orders of King Philip IV and charged with heresy. In November, King Edward II received orders from the pope to do likewise. This book provides the first full edition (vol. 1) and translation (vol. 2) of the four surviving texts of the trial proceedings that followed, together with analytical introduction and annotation. The trial of the Templars is now regarded by most scholars as a political trial, and its proceedings and the propaganda which accompanied it are seen to be of considerable significance in the development of such trials; the trial in the British Isles is particularly illustrative of this. The trial of the Templars was also the first heresy trial in the British Isles, and the proceedings reveal the English episcopate’s attempts to deal with this unprecedented situation, the procedures that were followed and the efforts made to ensure that everything was done correctly. Some differences in procedures can be noted between the provinces of Canterbury and York, and between England, Ireland and Scotland. The testimonies given during the trial contain a wealth of information about religious beliefs among the lay population of the British Isles (both the Templars and outsiders who gave evidence during the trial), national and international mobility of lay religious, the social function of the order of the Temple in the British Isles and its relations with society at large, and the organisation and operations of the order of the Temple at a local, national and international level. Volume 2 includes three appendices, listing Templar Brothers Mentioned in the Records of the Trial Proceedings in the British Isles, Templar Properties in the British Isles Mentioned in the Trial Proceedings and Locations of the Trial Proceedings and the Templars’ Prisons in London. There are also three maps.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Scholarly Edition
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Publisher: Ashgate
ISBN: 9781409436522
Funders: British Academy/Leverhulme
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