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The whole topic is fascinating. Being a history buff, I only recently began reading about this period and the Knights Templar. There is so much myth and fiction available about this, past and present, that I wanted to learn more about the true story. I find it particularly interesting that a group that was so instrumental in protecting the interests of the church was later persecuted to near oblivion.
You are so right about that Charland. They did so much for the church, and in the end the church stood aside as King Philip the IV persecuted them.
The church would say that Pope Clement was in France and at the mercy of King Philip IV at that time so he may not have had many options but to stand aside. It seems that King Philip IV was a more responsible for the tragedy here. Although the church is not blameless either.