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How secret were the Templars’ ceremonies? Evidence from the proceedings in the British Isles

Nicholson, Helen Jane 2016. How secret were the Templars’ ceremonies? Evidence from the proceedings in the British Isles. In: Sammarco, Sergio ed. Commilitones Christi: Miscellanea di studi per il Centro Italiano di Documenttzione sull’Ordine del Tempio, MMXI–MMXVI, Rome: Lisanti, pp. 85-98.

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Abstract

The eighty-eight charges against the Templars which were used as the basis of interrogations in the proceedings against the Templars in the British Isles, 1309–11, included the charge that admissions into the Order were secret, and that only brothers of the order were present. Within the British Isles, all the Templars testified that only Templars attended receptiones, although some qualified their statements. But was this true? The evidence actually given by the Templars and non-Templars suggests that some of them had attended admission ceremonies before becoming full members of the Order. This paper argues that in practice the order may not have been as strict in keeping non-members out of the admission ceremony as the Templars’ testimonies implied.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knights Templar
Publisher: Lisanti
ISBN: 9788890001611
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2017 14:56
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/101209

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