Editor says, what if the Knights Templar gained a New Crusade in 1307? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality Grand Master de Molay was arrested as well, and the papal bull that November called for similar arrest and seizure of Templar assets from every monarch in Christendom. Many of the Templars disappeared, often cited as fleeing to Scotland or Switzerland. Europe did receive an embassy from the Mongols for an alliance in 1305, but few considered them a reasonable match. Philip IV and Clement V spearheaded calls for a new crusade, though both would die in a matter of months after the betrayal of the Templars, said to be from the curse spoken by de Molay as he was burned at the stake, "Dieu sait qui a tort et a peche. Il va bientot arriver malheur a ceux qui nous ont condamnes a mort" ("God knows who wronged and sinned. He soon will arrive with misfortune at those which condemned us to death"). Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.