History of the Knights Templar - Part 3: False Charges Against The Templars [Video]
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Philip IV of France began his campaign to quash the Templars on September 14, 1307, when he sent sealed orders to his officers across the kingdom, with instructions that they not be opened until the night of October 12.
The king had good reason for secrecy. His plan—to arrest every Templar in France—would have been unthinkable even a few years earlier.
They wouldn’t be the first group Philip had targeted, largely to fill the royal coffers. In 1292 he had arrested the Lombards, wealthy Italian merchants, seized their property and forced them to buy French nationality from him if they wished to stay.
In 1306, he ordered the arrest of some 100,000 French Jews, along with the confiscation of their property.
Needing yet another source of plunder, he turned his attention to the Templars, some 5,000 of whom lived in France.