IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 708: The Trial of the Templars, 1307-2007, III: Institutional Studies

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Helen J. Nicholson, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Jochen Burgtorf, Department of History, California State University, Fullerton
Paper 708-aInstitutional Dependency Upon Secular and Ecclesiastical Patrons: The Inherent Weakness of the Military Orders and the Trial of the Templars
(Language: English)
Nicholas E. Morton, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 708-bTemplar Runaways/Renegades before, during, and after the Trial
(Language: English)
Christian Vogele, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Index terms: Canon Law, Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism
Paper 708-cThe Inventories of the Templars' Houses in France
(Language: English)
Jochen Burgtorf, Department of History, California State University, Fullerton
Index terms: Daily Life, Religious Life, Social History

This third of eight sessions in commemoration of the arrest of the Templars in 1307 considers institutional matters. The Order of the Templars was a privileged order of the Church, but was also dependent on the patronage and protection of secular patrons for much of its wealth and for its day-to-day existence. What role did dependency play in the order’s downfall? One of the privileges granted to the order by the papacy was that members could not leave without formal permission; yet throughout the history of the Order brothers did leave without permission. How significant a factor was this institutional weakness in the Order’s downfall? A final paper in this session considers the analysis of the trial by the 17th-century antiquarian scholar Joseph-Marie Suarès, librarian of the Vatican Library.