On Friday the 13th of October, 1307, Grand Master Jacques de Molay of the Knights Templar, along with all locatable Templar Knights in France on that day, were arrested by Philip IV “the Fair” King of France. King Philip owed more money to the Templars than he could ever repay in his lifetime and he needed more. What better way to eradicate his debt than to discredit his creditors? He manufactured evidence that the Templars were heretics, sent it on to Pope Clement V, and handed the Templars over to the French branch of the Church of Rome’s Inquisition. Meanwhile, Philip the Fair raided the Templar treasury office in Paris only to find the cupboards were bare.
De Molay was interrogated and tortured by the Inquisition for six and a half years. At the end he was offered a chance to make his confessions in public. Instead, he said, in part, the following:
“I think it only right that at so solemn a moment when my life has so little time to run I should reveal the deception which has been practiced and speak up for the truth. *** Other knights who have retracted their confessions have been led to the stake, yet the thought of dying is not so awful that I shall confess to foul crimes which have never been committed. Life is offered to me, but at the price of infamy. At such a price, life is not worth having.”
Usually, when we consider “making the ultimate sacrifice” we think in terms of simply giving up one’s life – usually on the battlefield. Jacques de Molay gave his life for the integrity of his Brothers, when he could have saved it for his own benefit. That to me is a far higher sacrifice than all.
By producing this breath-taking commemorative pen, David Oscarson has done a tremendous service for all those who honor de Molay. May it always serve to remind us not only of the martyrdom of de Molay but also of our Founding Fathers’ prudence to include freedom of religion in our U.S. Constitution. – C.C. Reilly, MPS
- Limited edition with 700 pens available
- The body of the pen contains an engraved replica of the famed Apprentice's Pillar coated in translucent grey enamel
- The opaque white and black checkered enamel recalls the tessellate floor of the Masonic Temple
- The clip is fashioned after a Templar sword, complete with the red stone of de Molay
- The emblem of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher adorns the crown, followed by the alternating Templar Cross and skull & crossbones, first flown in memory of de Molay to let other ships know they were Templar-friendly
- The grip section is decorated with an engraving of an acacia branch, a symbol to be left at the graveside of a fallen brother
- At the base of the pen is opaque black enamel, with the name of Jacques Burgundis de Molay in high relief
- An engraving of two men on one horse (or donkey) on the bottom of the pen symbolizes the Templars' vow to brotherhood and poverty