Its going to sell more books; c'mon Tim give me a break, and yes the tools did say "return to Templars if found" and I have no remarks for the Zeno Narrative.
Oh, I'd say it will sell nicely, indeed. Marketability seems to be all the justification needed these days for historical revision. Public school history texts in the U.S. and even the Bible itself are being re-written for no other purpose than replacing one perceived political bias for another. Where does one draw the line? Profitability, I guess.
As for leaving La Rochelle in the wee hours of 13 October, I don't know, but as I have said a transatlantic crossing in mid October would have been suicidal, more then likely a temporary stop in Scotland. Safety in Europe, maybe, but remember Clement ordered the arrest of all Templars in Europe on the 22nd of November. Anyplace in Europe that was not under the control of the RCC, you had to think soon would be.
So, what do you think the Templars had in their possession on 12 October that enabled them to see five weeks into the future? Crystals, Tarot cards, a Ouija board perhaps? It would have taken weeks to outfit a fleet with provisions for a long sea voyage, and it would stand to reason that if they'd had that much lead time, more Templars throughout France would have prepared themselves to fight back. Instead they were caught unawares in their beds. The fleet would have escaped with no time to spare, thus common sense would argue for a short voyage to a safe port - and there were plenty of safe ports as of 13 October with the Papal arrest order being five weeks off. A few sea miles between France and the closest haven would have done the trick, at least until the second hammer struck on 22 November.
I also understand that in 1312 some of these men were allowed clemency, but could they have known it would happen 5 years earlier, and was this the beloved RCC granting this?
In 1312 all but the highest officers who did not "confess" (or who had recanted their previous confessions) were granted clemency. There was no longer any need to run, they weren't being hunted. And yes, it was the RCC that granted clemency.
Yes many would have chosen to stay in Europe and assimilate into other orders, but some, and I stress some would have wanted more, say adventure, safety, or what ever. I'm not saying all or most, but you have to agree they could have seperated. Every man for himself, so to speak. BTW, Roger, that is the most civil response you have given me to date, why? Are you getting ready to strike? I have to disagree with Roger, One vessel in Nova Scotia would have meant, they went to Nova Scotia. Love you guys.---Bill
I would think that if they wanted to resume some semblance of their former lives (and stay true to their vows), another order would have afforded them the lifestyle they had chosen. True, some did walk away from their vows and resume life as civilians. We really can't know whether their motivation was adventure or peace, can we?