Today is Friday 13th which is as good a reason as any for delving into some Friday 13th folklore.
One theory is it dates back to the early 14th century when, on Friday the 13th October 1307, leading members of the crusading order known as the Knights Templar were first arrested by the King of France on some very peculiar charges including devil worship, black magic, heresy and blasphemy. With hindsight we can see some of the charges were totally nonsensical and it was more of a power struggle between the Templars and the King of France.
By way of a footnote, there is the intriguing legend of the Templars Curse made a by Jacques de Molay, the last grandmaster of the Knights Templar. As he was about to be executed (by being burned at the stake) in March 1314, he apparently called out to Heaven and warned that both Pope Clement the Fifth and King Philip of France – the two main instigators of the persecution of the Templars, would, within a year and a day, be obliged to answer for their crimes in God's presence.
Philip and Clement V both died within a year of Molay's execution; Clement succumbed to a long illness on 20 April a little over a month after de Molay, while Philip died as a result of a stroke brought on when out hunting eight months later in November 1314.
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