Friday, October 05, 2007

Vatican to Publish Templar Manuscript

The Vatican Secret Archive has announced that it will publish Processus contra Templarios, a book which will include details of a recently-discovered manuscript which scholars say exonerates the Knights Templar. The Chinon Parchment, found in the Archive six years ago "after years of being incorrectly filed" is "a record of the heresy hearings of the Templars before Pope Clement V in the 14th Century."

Professor Barbara Frale, who found the Chinon manuscript, says that it contains detailed information of the Knights' confessions before the Pope, but also reveals that because the confessions were found to have been obtained by torture, "
the Pope was obliged to ask for pardons" from the Knights.

Processus contra Templarios, which will be limited to an edition of 799 copies, is to be released on 25 October.

[15 October: I've updated this post, here]