Replica documents of Knights Templar offer glimpse of the past
Vatican Templar Trial Transcripts displayed at Historical Society
Buffalo News | Oct 26, 2008
By Jay Tokasz
During the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar protected Christian pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem. But by 1321, members of the military-religious order, known for their role in the Crusades, were tried for heresy and the group disbanded.
In recent years, the order of monks has become a subject of renewed interest, and have become more popularly known as guardians of spiritual treasures, in particular the mysterious lost Holy Grail, the chalice believed to have been used by Jesus during the Last Supper.
The Templars have been featured as key players in the juicy plot lines of blockbuster motion pictures and best-selling novels — fueling keen interest in what became of the secretive group nearly 700 years ago.
Those depictions, in movies like “National Treasure” and books such as “The Da Vinci Code,” are mostly fiction. But some Vatican documents giving scholars and history buffs deeper insight into the Templars’ real past were on display Friday at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society.