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Secret Documents published by Vatican City

ROME — The Vatican published secret archive documents about the trial of the Knights Templar, which included a long-lost parchment that shows that Pope Clement V initially absolved the medieval Christian order from accusations of heresy, officials said Friday. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301509,00.html?sPage=fnc.world/europe

There are only 799 copies of the 300-page volume which was priced at $8,377 said Scrinium publishing house, which prints documents from the Vatican's secret archives. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301509,00.html?sPage=fnc.world/europe

"The Da Vinci Code," which used the order of knights to captivate the imagination of its readers, reproduces the entire documentation on the papal hearings convened after King Philip IV of France arrested and tortured Templar leaders in 1307 under charges of heresy and immorality.The Da Vinci Code linked the Templars to the story of the Holy Grail. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301509,00.html?sPage=fnc.world/europe

The military order of the Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon was founded in 1118 in Jerusalem so as to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land following the First Crusade. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301509,00.html?sPage=fnc.world/europe

The Vatican documents reproduce the entire documentation of the papal hearings convened after King Philip IV of France arrested and tortured Templar leaders in 1307 on charges of heresy and immorality. http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2007/10/13/vatican_to_tell_true_knights_tale/


The publishing house said the new book includes the "Parchment of Chinon," a 1308 decision by Clement to save the Templars and their order. The document was misplaced for many centuries in the archives but found again in 2001 by a researcher who works in the Vatican archives. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301509,00.html?sPage=fnc.world/europe