Jacques de Molay became 23rd Grand Master of the Knights Templar about 1298 when Thiband Gaudin his predecessor died. At this point the headquarters of the diminishing Kingdom of Jerusalem was in Cyprus and de Molay was touring the east trying to raise support for a new crusade.
The Templars were renowned as honest, trustworthy and loyal supporters of the Catholic Church, however accusations were spreading, heresy and blasphemy were under investigation. In France 1307 Templars including Jacques de Molay were arrested by King Philip 1V. Intent on seizing the Templar wealth and worried that the Catholic Church was becoming more powerful, Philip took advantage of the situation, needing to money to fund his war with England. Under torture Jacques de Molay and many of his associates confessed to some of the charges. The Pope sent his own emissaries to France and de Molay withdrew his confession. Pope Clement was intimidated by King Philip rejecting de Molay's appeal and on March 18th 1314 he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Disregarding the sentence Philip had him slowly burned on a scaffold on an island in the Seine known as the Ile des Juifs. Facing Notre Dame Jacques de Molay died at the age of 70 with his hands tied in prayer.
Before his execution, Jacques de Molay warned Pope Clement V and King Philip IV that they would answer to God for their crimes before the year was out. Pope Clement died a month later and Philip VI died within the year from a riding accident. These deaths reinforced the belief that Jacques de Molay was innocent of the charge that bore him to his cruel death.
The pen is inspired by the Templars white surcoat, symbolizing a vow of chastity and purity. A red cross was added in 1146 by Pope Eugenius, epitomizing to die in combat was a symbol of martyrdom, a great honour that promised a place in heaven. Over this was a mantle of white, again suggesting chastity and purity.
The Helm, hauberk and crest are engraved in antiqued filigree with silver netting characterizing the military strength of the order.
The seal depicts one side of the Templar seal, two knights astride one horse symbolizing poverty. This seal was only used in the order of France.
The fraternal Templar sword is ornamented from hilt to blade and a leather thong serves to aid the bearer carry the weapon. The blade the Templars carried in battle had no ornamentation as they were forbidden decoration.
The Jacques de Molay pen is presented in a beautiful yet simple wooden box bearing the Visconti logo on the lid.
- Limited edition of 700 fountain pens in Ag Sterling Silver
- Material: Ivory resin
- Trims: artistic antiqued filigree with Silver netting
- Filling System: Power Filler
- For use with bottled ink only
- Nib: 23 Kt. 950 Palladium two tones
- Packaging: Templar Set: Pen, Ring, Sword
- Visconti identity card and manufacturers warranty included
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