We're only a month away from the 700th anniversary of the Pope's roundup of the Knights Templar, the event that supposedly gave us the belief that Friday the 13th is unlucky.
Looks like we just missed the Scottish Rite's presentation of The Trial of Jacques De Molay, which was performed back on Sept. 6 in Des Moines, Iowa, according to an article last week on the Freemasonry Resources blog.
According to the article, the play "is a presentation of the final confrontation between the leader of the Knights Templar and Philip, the King of France.
"The story, set in 1314, details how the Knights Templar, a group of warrior monks sworn to protect the Christian Holy Land, were captured and tortured at the end of the Crusades. The round-up of the Knights Templar on Friday, Oct 13, 1307 is believed to be the origin of the superstition of 'Friday the 13th.' 2007 marks the 700 year anniversary of the events.
"Jacques de Molay was the last Grand Master or leader of the Knights Templar. The events leading to his execution form the basis for the play. The story of Jaques de Molay and the Knights Templar has been featured in movies such as [The] DaVinci Code and National Treasure."
Another blog has presented more of the story of the Knights Templar, taking its information from such diverse sources as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, Lincoln, Bagient and Leigh's Holy Blood, Holy Grail, various history books, and Jim Marrs' anti-Masonic book Rule By Secrecy. Marrs has written extensively on Alien Lizard Kings, UFO's, Egyptian pyramids and the Trilateral Commission, so take your salt shaker with you when you read this one.
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