Commentary of Jacques de Molay on March 14, 1314, the morning of the day he used to be slow-roasted on the stake by France’s King Philip IV and Pope Clement V:”I think it most effective right that at so solemn a moment when my life has so little time to run I should reveal the deception which has been practiced and speak up for the reality. Before heaven and earth and all of you here as my witnesses, I admit that I’m guilty of the grossest iniquity. However the iniquity is that I’ve lied in admitting the disgusting charges laid against the Order. I declare, and I should declare, that the Order is innocent. Its purity and saintliness are beyond query. I’ve indeed confessed that the Order is guilty, but I’ve done so most effective to save lots of myself from terrible tortures by saying what my enemies wished me to mention. Other knights who have retracted their confessions have been led to the stake, yet the considered dying isn’t so awful that I shall confess to foul crimes which have never been committed. Life is offered to me, but at the cost of infamy. At the sort of price, life isn’t worth having. I don’t grieve that I should die if life can also be bought most effective by piling one lie upon any other.” On Friday the 13th of October, 1307, Grand Master Jacques de Molay of the Knights Templar, at the side of all locatable Templar Knights in France on that day, were arrested by Philip IV “the Fair” King of France.
King Philip owed more cash to the Templars than he could ever pay off in his lifetime and he needed more. What better strategy to eradicate his debt than to discredit his creditors? He manufactured evidence that the Templars were heretics, sent it on to Pope Clement V, and handed the Templars over to the French branch of the Church of Rome’s Inquisition. Meanwhile, Philip the Fair raided the Templar treasury administrative center in Paris most effective to seek out the cabinets were bare.De Molay used to be interrogated and tortured by the Inquisition for six and a half years.
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The body of the pen accommodates an engraved replica of the famed Apprentice’s Pillar coated in translucent grey enamel
The opaque white and black checkered enamel recalls the tessellate floor of the Masonic Temple
The clip is fashioned after a Templar sword, complete with the red stone of de Molay
The brand of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher adorns the crown, followed by the alternating Templar Cross and skull & crossbones, first flown in memory of de Molay to let other ships know they were Templar-friendly