The Suppression of the Knights Templar Dupuy, Pierre [1582-1651]. [Dupuy, Jacques (1591-1656)]. Traittez Concernant l'Histoire de France: Scavoir la Condamnation des Templiers, Avec Quelques Actes, l'Histoire du Schisme, Les Papes Tenant le Siege en Avignon, Et Quelques Procez Criminels. Paris: Chez la Veuve Mathurin du Puis, Et Edme Martin, 1654. [x], 189, , 190, , 191-510 pp. Full-page copperplate portrait of author facing p. 1. Complete. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, marbled endpapers, edges rouged. Rubbing and shallow scuffing to boards and extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, chipping to edges of lettering piece, joints cracked, hinges secure, later owner bookplate of Jean-Baptiste L'Ecuy to front pastedown. Moderate toning, some what heavier in a few places, worm hole from front board through most of text block with minor loss to text, small early stamp of Masonic organization (?) to title page. $750. * First edition. Dupuy chronicles the political and legal suppression of the Knights Templar, the Catholic military order established in 1119 and disbanded around 1312. Skilled fighters who played a leading role in the crusades, and the inspiration for a great deal of medieval lore and legend, the Templars had significant land holdings in Europe and the Middle East, a naval fleet and a banking network. Support for the Templars faded after the failure of the crusades and several powerful people began to openly resent their power and wealth, among them King Philip IV of France, who was deeply in debt to the order. In 1307, using a lurid rumor about the Templars's secret initiation ceremony as an excuse, Philip ordered several French members of the order arrested. They were tortured into giving false confessions and burned at the stake. Later, under pressure from Philip, Pope Clement V disbanded the order in 1312. Jean-Baptiste L'Ecuy [1740-1834] was the last abbe general of the French Premonstratensian Order before the French Revolution. Brunet, Manuel du Libraire et de l'Amateur de Livres II:902.
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