Friday 13th

Good morning all ……. this is a short story about  Friday 13th

The Poor Fellow – Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon , commonly known as Knights Templar, the order of the Temple or simply as Templars were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders.  The organization existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle ages (c.1119 – 1314). Their role was protection of Pilgrims and had allegiance with the Pope.  Headquaters was in Temple Mount – Jerusalem, with 15,000 to 20,000 members at peak, 10% of whom were knights.  The mascot was 2 Knights riding one horse and the attire was a white mantle with a red cross.  Officially endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129, the Order became a vavored charity throughout Christendom, and grew rapidly in membership and power, and were among the most skilled fighting units of the crusades.The non combatant members of the Order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom, innovating financial techniques that were an early form of banking, and building fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land.

The Templars existence was tied closely to the Crusades  these  included the Siege of Ascalon (1153), Battle of  Montisard (1177), Battle of Hattin (1187), Siege of Acre (1190-1191), Battle of Arsuf (1191), Siege of Acre (1291), Reconqista, when the Holy Land was lost support for the Order faded.Rumors about the Templars’ secret initiation ceremony created misrust, and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, took advantage of the situation.  Many of the Order’s members in France were arrested, tortured in giving false confessions, and then burned at the stake on   Friday 13th  October, 1307.

Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V disbanded the Order in 1312.

So there is no need to worry about Friday 13th anymore that is unless you are a Knights Templar.

I’m glad I’m just Percy the Dog.

Till next time.


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