History of The Knights Templar - Part 6: The Chinon Parchment

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History of The Knights Templar - Part 6: The Chinon Parchment

The Chinon Parchment is a historical documentdiscovered in September 2001 by Barbara Frale, an Italian paleographer at the Vatican Secret Archives. On the basis of this document she has claimed that, in 1308, Pope Clement V absolved the last Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, and the rest of the leadership of the Knights Templar from charges brought against them by the Medieval Inquisition.

The existence of this document has long been assumed. In the bull Faciens misericordiam, promulgated in August 1308, Clement V explained that Templar leaders were supposed to be brought to Poitiers in order to be questioned by the Pope himself, but "since some of them were so unwell at that time that they could not ride and could not by any means be brought into our (i.e. the Pope's) presence" three cardinals were sent out to perform the necessary inquiries at Chinon.

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