Knights Templar Mystery: Mary Magdalene

Many mysteries surround the ‘Order of the Knights Templar,’ including John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene.  These individuals were patronized by the order during its two-hundred-year reign.

Believed by the church; Mary Magdalene was a reformed prostitute.

Located in the small village of Rennes-la-Chateau in southern France, the French believed that Mary came to that part of the world after the death of Christ.  Because of her influence, an order of fighting men was sanctioned by the church in the 12th century.

The legend known as the “Vine of Mary” states that following the crucifixion, Mary Magdalene fled to France, and her off-spring became the Kings of France, known as the Merovingian line.  Shrines that venerate Mary can be found in southern France. 

Her presence, her memory has transformed into the ‘Cult of the Black Madonna.’

The ‘Order of the Knights Templar’ was dismantled by the Catholic Church in 1312 at the Council of Vienne.  The last grand Master of the Knights Templar was burnt at the stake in 1314 ‘Jacques de Molay.’  Many knights of the Order fled to Scotland, Switzerland and sought haven in the ‘Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St.John.

In 1531 Francois Jarradin, Commander of the Hospitallers commissioned a sculpture of the Entombment of Christ.  The sculpture now resides at St.Remi Cathedral.  On the tomb’s façade is the Templar Cross complete with reposed figure of Jesus Christ.  Grieving family members surrounded the body.  Interestingly, blood still flows from the spears wound on the right-hand side of Jesus’ body, which suggested he lived after crucifixion.

If a secret society did exist in medieval Europe, and we believe the tale that Jesus was laid upon a cloth, that which would become the ‘Shroud of Turin’.  One suggestion put forward asks if the altar with the Templar Cross houses the ashes of Jacques de Molay?


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King Philip IV: Greed and Vengeance

King Philip VI of France

King Philip IV of France

In 1302, Pope Boniface VIII issued a Papal Bull; King Philip IV of France was excommunicated.  King Philip retaliated by having Pope Boniface kidnapped, little did he expect, that the shock of it would kill him.

Pope Benedict XI, successor to Pope Boniface died suddenly, and history believes he may have been assassinated on the orders of the French King; Philip IV of France.

The church found itself under duress from King Philip IV, having two Popes recently die, and King Philip complicit in their deaths. The Vatican felt it had no choice but to elect Bertrand de Goth, childhood friend of King Philip, as “Pope Clement V.”

With the infrastructure and institution of the Vatican, ruled by King Philip, and used by the French King to prosecute the Knights Templar.  So, it came to pass, the “Order of the Knights Templar,” were arrested on Friday 13thOctober 1307, tortured and put on trial.

“Friday the Thirteenth,” became known as a day of evil, based on what the French King had carried out, one based on greed and jealously, a day motivated by pure evil.

Pope Clement V, found himself in a difficult position, having been made Pope by King Philip, former childhood friend, and he questioned the validity of the charges against the Knights Templar, and confessions under torture.  He resented the King’s interference with an Order operated under papal jurisdiction, friend or no friend, he felt it was wrong, and called that they should be released.

The persecution of the Templars was solely driven by one man, King Philip IV, in his desire for their wealth.  The Vatican played an active part in their destruction, ever being controlled by the French King.

King Philip brought down the wrath of theologians from the University of Paris down on him.  They informed their King, he was in violation of Canonical Law in using military forces for their arrest, and interrogations.  Any interrogations should have been undertaken by the Holy Mother Church, and judgements be rendered in ecclesiastical courts only.

In 1308, Pope Clement V issued the “Chinon Parchment,” which exonerated the “Order of the Knights Templar,” and their Grand Master; Jacques de Molay of all charges.

In 1311, the Council of Vienne, voted that the Vatican would actively support the Knights Templar.

This didn’t change anything in the eyes of King Philip, he continued in his quest to rid himself of the Templar Order.

In 1312, Pope Clement V was forced into issuing the Papal Bull – Vox in Excelso (Voices from on High), changing the status of the Knights Templar from an active order to a suspended order.  The Order of the Templars, was only suppressed within the Vatican and its grounds, and purely as a political move, more to satisfy the French King.

According to historical documents, the Pope faced a situation not of his making.  On one hand, he had no sufficient reasons for a formal condemnation of the Order of the Knights Templar.

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Whilst on the other hand, he had King Philip IV who hated them so much, who had taken them to trial on charges of heresy.  He wanted their assets; property, land, gold and money.

All official Vatican statements, highlighted pressure and interference from the French King, and it was noted any Papal Bull issued in favour of the Knights Templar, would not be accepted as a legal document by the French King.

The Vatican had already granted the Order of the Knights Templar permanent and independent sovereignty in its own right, on the basis of its own ecclesiastical authority of the Templar Priesthood, per the Papal Bull “Omne Datum Optimum” of 1139.  Thus, the Pope had no formal ecclesiastical jurisdiction over the Templar Priesthood.  Under Customary and Canon Law, the Pope had no power to assert any sovereignty over the Templar Order.

By definition the Pope could only exercise Vatican sovereign power over his own institution, known to us as the Vatican itself.

By 1312, French persecution had effectively suppressed the Order of the Knights Templar, and forced them to survive as an underground network.

Based on the terms of the Chinon Parchment, Templars who had been pardoned and absolved from any acts of heresy, would be legally acquitted.

Jacques de Molay and Geoffroi de Charney had confessed to three Cardinals, acts of heresy at Chinon Castle, and were given absolution.  Within months they retracted their confessions which had been obtained through torture.

In a rage King Philip IV of France condemned to death these two Templar’s, to be burnt at the stake in the centre of Paris on the 18th March of 1314.  Their ashes were gathered up by holy men and carried away for burial in holy places.

Knights Templar Burnings

18th March 1314: Jacques de Molay


Jacques de Molay

The Grand Master of the Knights Templar was the spiritual, political and military leader of the order.  He ran the order from Jerusalem, then Acre, Cyprus and the final years from France.

Jacques de Molay was born in 1244 in Franche-Comte, a region within Burgundy, France and related to the Lords of Longwy.  Around 1265/66 entered the Order of the Knights Templar at the Preceptory of Beune, according to his Chinon confession, and was received by Humbert de Pairaud.

In 1291 fought at the siege of Acre which fell to the Saracens, and some two years later was appointed Grand Master of the Order, taking up his new post in 1293.

De Molay pushed for recovery of the Holy Land, and to this end visited Rome, Paris and London in 1294, gathering support for a new Templar force.  He sought an alliance with the Mongols and Arwad.  He purchased six war galleons from Venice with invasion in mind and re-established a Christian foothold in Syria.  However, his proposed operation was a failure.

In 1306 Jacques de Molay was summoned from Cyprus by Pope Clement V to meet with Fulk de Villaret, his opposite number in the Hospitallers, to discuss plans for a new Crusade and proposals to amalgamate the two orders. De Molay conceded that there were some advantages, but on the whole, it was a bad idea as such rivalry existed between the two orders.  Fulk de Villaret Grand Master of the Hospitallers agreed with Jacques de Molay, that such a merger was doomed to failure.

The Grand Masters of Knight Templar and Hospitallers agreed a large force could be successful in re-establishing the Christian kingdom in the Holy Land.

Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar travelled next to Paris.  For on the 12thOctober 1307 he acted as pallbearer to Queen Catherine of Valois funeral.

On the 13thOctober Jacques de Molay Grand Master of the Knights Templar along with 5,000 French Templars were arrested by order of King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V, charged with blasphemous crimes and heresy.  He underwent interrogation and torture by Royal agents of the crown in the Templars own dungeons in the Paris Temple.

Finally, he confessed on the 24thOctober to some accusations; spitting on the cross and denial of Christ.  However, he would never confess to homosexual practices.

On the 25thOctober, Jacques de Molay had to make a public confession to the masters of the University of Paris, and urge his followers to do likewise.

Jacques de Molay, Raymbaud de Caron, Hugues de Pairaud, Geoffroi de Charney and Geoffroi de Gonneville were moved to Chinon Castle. It was here they confessed to three Cardinals sent by the Pope, who bestowed absolution upon them.  All except Raymbaud de Caron returned to Paris to testify before the Papal Commission.

Within months, Jacques de Molay retracted his confession which had been obtained through torture.  He was held in captivity before being brought before lawyers, theologians and the public on the 18thMarch 1314, to hear his sentence, one of never-ending imprisonment.

Jacques de Molay supported by Geoffroi de Charney stunned their prosecutors by making a passionate last-minute defence of the Order of the Knights Templar.

The rebellious Templars were flung back into jail to await their sentence.  King Philip IV in a rage ordered that these two Templars be condemned to death, burnt at the stake as heretics before the day was out, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

According to the Chronicler; Giovanni Villani friars and holy men gathered up the ashes of these two Templar martyrs, and carried them away for burial in holy places.

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Knights Templar: France 1789

Knights Templar Burnings

Jacques de Molay’s Execution

Knights Templar Grand Master; Jacques de Molay, was burned at the stake in Paris, on the 18th March 1314, on trumped up charges of heresy.  King Philip IV of France was responsible along with Pope Clement V, for the destruction of this Holy Order… God’s Warriors.

Some 480 years later, Jacques de Molay would have his revenge, as the sons and daughters of the Order of the Templars, would strike a deathly blow at the heart of the French Monarchy.

In 1789, Illuminists manipulated France’s grain market, thus creating shortages of grain.  An intense famine spread across the country, pushing it towards the brink of revolt.  These Illuminists claimed a revolution would benefit its people.  But the truth was far more devious, for food supplies were being blocked; reforms in France’s National Assembly were being blocked, as the people of Paris and France starved.

The prisoner Comte Cagliostro, member of the Illuminati revealed that it was the intention of the Masons; descendants of the Templar Order, to finish what the Templar’s had started many years ago, destruction or control of the Papacy.

Jacques de Molay had been tortured and held prisoner at the Bastille Prison, for a number of years, before his execution, in the shadow of the Sacre Coeur.


Bastille Prison

The French Revolution, started on the 14th July 1789, when the Bastille Prison was stormed by a force of 1,000 citizens; revenge for de Molay’s life was ever on their mind.

French citizens redesigned the political landscape of their country, and Masons began a campaign of terror across the land.  Some 10,000 royalists and church members are known to have been sent to the guillotine, as France drowned in a sea of blood.

By the end of 1793, this Revolutionary Republic, brought about by hostility towards the French Monarchy and the Church, by Masons and Illuminati, successors of the Templar, faced a new problem.

It was revealed hundreds of thousands of men had no work.  They opted to depopulate France’s population from twenty-five million to sixteen million, as a never ending stream of victims were rounded up, and marched to their death.

freemason-symbolThe Knights Templar became Freemasons, and a by product was the Illuminati, founded in Bravaria, southern Germany by Adam Weishaupt, a Law professor.  His order opposed Monarchies and the Church, with a mission to create a secular Masonic world.

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Storming of the Bastille: 14th July 1789
French Revolution of 1789

Jacques de Molay’s Revenge

Knights Templar Burnings

Burnt at the stake

On the 18th March 1314, Knights Templar Grand Master; Jacques de Molay was burned at the stake, on trumped up charges of heresy.  King Philip IV of France was responsible for the destruction of this Holy Order.

Jacques de Molay had his revenge, when King Philip IV of France along with Pope Clement V, died within a year, punished for the part they played.

Some 450 years later, Jacques de Molay would have his revenge, as the sons and daughters of the Order of the Templars, would strike a deathly blow at the heart of the French Monarchy.

In 1789, a year known across Europe, the start of the French Revolution.  Ten years of horror, as French citizens redesigned the political landscape of their country, and some 17,000 people were known to have been executed.

French Freemasons, heirs to the traditions of the Knights Templar, called upon the dying curse of Jacques de Molay of 1314, when he burnt at the stake on trumped up charges of heresy.

He called to his God, that King Philip IV and Pope Clement V his accusers should join him… Within a year both had died.

Execution of Louis XVI

Execution of King Louis XVI

So it was, Freemasons orchestrated the French Revolution against the Catholic Church and the Monarchy.  King Louis XVI a descendant of King Philip IV was beheaded.  As the King’s head rolled off the guillotine, the cheers from the crowd were heard, as one jumped upon the scaffold, put his finger in the King’s blood, shouting “Jacques de Molay, thou art avenged.”

The French Monarchy was dealt a deathly blow, by the descendants of the Knights Templar, one which would not be forgotten.

Freemasons created the French Revolution, a way of changing the social order of France, and deal a blow against the monarchy.

The Illuminists manipulated the grain market, causing shortages in 1789, leading to poverty and famine across France, putting the country on the path towards revolution.

These Illuminists claimed that revolution would be better for its people and the country.  This from conspirators who held up food supplies, blocked reforms in France’s National Assemble, as the people starved.

The real aim of storming the Bastille wasn’t the release of prisoners.  This was where Jacques de Molay, had been held prisoner and underwent torture.

As the revolution started, the Jacobins, most of whom were Freemasons, created a campaign of terror.  Royalists and Church members were sent to the guillotine, as France was drowning in a sea of blood.

By the end of 1793, this Revolutionary Republic had a problem, hundreds of thousands of men, with no work.  They opted to depopulate France, as a never ending stream of victims were rounded up, and marched to their death.

This terror was the product of hostility towards the monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church by the Masons and Illuminati, the Templars successors.

For thousands of years, secret societies, guardians of ancient orders, have exercised their influence on the destiny of nations.

The Knights Templar became the Freemasons, and a by product was the Illuminati, founded in Bavaria, with a mission to create a secular Masonic world by revolutionary means.

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Knights Templar: End of a Holy Order

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On the 16th June 1291, marked the end of a Christian presence, in the shape of Crusader’s and Knights Templar in the Holy Land.

The order of the Knights Templar, which had been created to offer protection to pilgrims, left the Holy Land, bound for Cyprus and France.

These pilgrims bound for the Holy Land, to walk in the steps, once trodden by Jesus, were left to the mercy of bandits.

The Knights Templar grew apart from the Catholic Church’s teaching, beliefs and practices.

The war in the Holy Land, had stretched France’s finances, whilst the Knights Templar, had seen theirs grow strength to strength, in property, land and wealth.

France’s finances were under direct control of the Templar’s, making France dependent on them.

King Philip IV of France

King Philip IV of France

Rumours circulated, by the King of France Philip IV, that these Templar’s were devil worshippers.  If proven, Philip IV would have been able to seize their wealth, and take control of France’s finances.

It wasn’t long, before King Philip IV and Pope Clement V, came to the conclusion that these Templar’s, were set on changing the political and religious landscape across Europe.

Orders were issued, that on the 13th October 1307, the King’s men were to carry out arrests, and seize the assets of this decadent and treacherous order.

News must have leaked out; for on the 11th October 1307, twenty-four knights took a fleet of eighteen Templar ship’s from LaRochelle, laden with the bulk of the Templar’s wealth; gold and silver bullion, crown jewels of European countries, sacred artefacts, manuscripts etc.

Knight Templar Ships

Templar Fleet escaping France

Some accounts believe they headed towards Scotland, then on to Canada or America, but her final destination was unknown … there are even suggestions, that some Templar’s took their share, and created the land we now know as Switzerland.  As the treasure moved around, over the centuries, so it grew.

Although Philip IV had succeeded in grabbing the Templar’s land and property, he did not find a single cent or coin of their fabulous wealth.

By order of Philip IV of France, in October of 1307, any Templar found within French lands, would be arrested, sentenced to trial, on charges of homosexual activity and the worshipping of idols etc.  If found guilty, would be burnt at the stake.

In November 1307, orders were sent out by Pope Clement V, across the lands of Europe, that these Templar’s were to be arrested on sight.

In the March of 1312, Pope Clement V dissolved the Knights Templar.  Yet a question has never been resolved, were they guilty of their crimes or not, for they had been tortured, for a yes against the crimes.

Knights Templar Burnings

Burned at the stake

Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burned at the stake, on charges of heresy on the 18th March 1314.  He cried out to his God, that Pope Clement V and King Philip IV, his accusers, should join him.

Thirteen months after his persecutors had condemned him to death, his curse became a reality.

Pope Clement V was attacked violently by bouts of dysentery, and quickly sent to his grave.  His dead body was moved to Carpentras, where the court of Rome resided at that time.  His body was placed in a church, which caught fire, and the mortal remains of the pontiff were almost consumed by fire.

He had accrued a vast amount of money and treasure during his lifetime, which had been deposited in a church in Lucca for safe keeping.  Whilst his relations quarrelled over his legacy and their rights, it was stolen.

In the very same year, Philip IV of France died of a disease which baffled his doctors.  Phillip blamed this disease upon the individual, whose information led to the arrest of the Templar’s.  Philip’s informer was hanged.  Philip’s last days, were that of an embittered leader.  He even accused the wives of his three sons with adultery.

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England and the Knights Templar

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England’s history with the Knights Templar started in 1118, when Hugh de Payens, founder and Grand Master, visited England, looking to raise money and warriors, to fight in the crusades.

King Henry II granted these Holy men of God, these warriors, land across England, where they built their round churches, based on the design of Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

In 1184, the Knights Templar built their new headquarters in London; Temple Church similar in design to that of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.  This building was consecrated in 1185, and became known for initiation rituals for new followers.

As the Templar’s grew, so did their holdings in land and buildings across the country.

In 1137, Queen Matilda of England, gave Cressing in Essex to the Templars, followed up in later years with; Witham in Essex and Cowley in Oxfordshire.

Matilda had strong connections, to the Kingdom of Jerusalem.  Her uncle’s; Godfrey of Bouillon and Baldwin of Edessa, had been the first rulers of Jerusalem.  As did her husband, King Stephen, son of the Count of Blois, one of the leaders of the First Crusade.

King Henry I

King Henry I

Henry I of England, predecessor of Stephen, is known to have given Hugh de Payens, Grand Master of the Templars, money in 1128, and permission to collect donations across England.

What will be remembered is Queen Matilda’s gift to the Templar’s, laying the foundations, of what would be a relation between the Knights Templar and the Kings of England, which would last for hundreds of years.

When Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) was in the Holy Land, England was ruled by his brother John.  His policies led to England being excommunicated, and it was the Templars who stepped in, arranging the reversal of this decision, with papal envoys.  They went one step further, lending him the money, which paid for his absolution.

Queen Matilda and King Stephen gave much land to the Templar’s, followed by King Richard I, King John and King Henry III, who gave money and land to the order.

Middle Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church – London

A period building, built on the design appearance of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and was consecrated by the Patriarch of Jerusalem; Heraclius.

Knights Templar founded the town of Baldock, their administrative headquarters from 1199-1254.  Tunnels ran to Hertford Castle, where four Templar’s were arrested by order of Edward III, for it was believed they were storing treasures.

Henry II gave the royal manner of Strood in Kent to the Templar’s in 1159, and they added extra wood structures; timber hall, barns, kitchens and stables, to the existing stone building.

The war in the Holy Land, had stretched France’s finances, whilst the Knights Templar had seen theirs grow in property, land and wealth.  So much so, France’s finances were under direct control of these Templar’s making France dependent upon them.

King Philip IV of France

King Philip IV of France

King Philip IV of France saw their finance’s dwindling away.  France was heavily in debt to the order, and the Templar’s had become the banker’s of France.

He came up with this cunning plan, to rid France of the Templar’s and turn France’s finances from the red into the black.  Rumours were circulated by King Philip IV, that these Templar’s were devil worshippers.  If proven, he could seize their wealth, and retake control of France’s finances.

On the 11th October 1307, twenty-four knights took a fleet of eighteen Templar ships from the port of LaRochelle, laden with the bulk of the Templar’s wealth; gold and silver bullion, crown jewels of European counties, sacred artefacts, manuscripts etc.

On the 12th October 1307, the Grand Master of the Knights Templar; Jacques de Molay was honoured, as one of the pall bearers at the funeral of Catherine I of Courtenay, the Latin Empress of Constantinople, and wife of Charles of Valois, at her burial at the Abbey of Maubuisson.  Charles of Valois, was the brother of King Philip IV of France.

Jacques de Molay, had sent much of the Templar’s wealth away, and was prepared to sacrifice his life, to preserve the Knights Templar.

King Philip IV, attended the service knowing full well, that the next day, Molay would be his prisoner, and he would get his hands on their wealth, so he thought.

Each man attended the funeral, hoping to outwit the other.  The wealth and reputation of the Knights Templar was at stake.

On the 13th October, French soldiers under orders of King Philip IV of France, rounded up and arrested hundreds of Knights Templar across France.  These knights were charged with acts of devil-worshipping, cannibalism and sodonomy.

They were subjected to brutal acts of torture, until they confessed to the crimes.  Some thirty-six died under torture in the first few days, and fifty-four were burned at the stake on charges of heresy.

The events taking place in France shocked the Christian world…  What Philip IV was doing, to these men of God seemed inconceivable?  For these Knights Templar owed an allegiance to none other than the Pope.

King Philip IV needed Papal support for his actions, as he raided Templar properties, seizing their wealth.  The Pope feared King Philip IV, and capitulated to his demands, and the Templar’s were sacrificed, by the Kings puppet, the Pope.

King Edward II of England, received documents, proving the guilt of the Templar’s.  Shocked by the evidence, he refused to believe its authenticity, thus contacting the King’s of Portugal, Castile, Aragon and Sicily, denouncing the King of France.  He requested, recipients of his letter should denounce these charges, against these men of God… for it was nothing more than slander.

King Edward II

King Edward II

Edward suggested that the Pope should hold an inquiry, but the reply he received from Pope Clement V in November 1307, called for their arrest on sight.

Edward received formal papal instructions on the 15th December 1307, an order from the Pope, which he was expected to comply with.  Edward had his doubts, and delayed carrying out the order until the 7th January 1308; enabling many Templar’s to flee.

In 1308, twenty-five Templar’s were arrested in Yorkshire and imprisoned in York Castle, on charges of heresy, as ordered by the Pope and King Philip IV of France. Who had his own agenda.

Templar lands and assets in England, were passed to the “Order of the Hospital of Saint John,” a hospice founded in 1070, to care for pilgrims in the Holy Land.

The evidence submitted at the trial, was so flimsy, no conviction could be reached.  The Templar’s did not admit guilt, and agreed to join Monasteries and Cistercian orders.

Edward informed the Pope, he would not force confessions out of these Templar’s, by use of torture.  Come 1311, Edward had not complied with the order, and faced excommunication.  The Pope sent ten torturers’s to England, to extract confessions by any means possible, much to the dislike of Edward.  He complied, but insisted, no mutilation of bodies, breaking the skin or causing blood to flow.

In March of 1312, Pope Clement V dissolved the Knights Templar, leaving a question unanswered… were they guilty of their crimes?

In 1314 Pope Clement V issued a Papal Bull, granting the lands of the Knights Templar to the Knights Hospitaller.

Knights Templar Burnings

Grand Master burnt at the stake

Jacques de Molay the Grand Master and Geoffrey de Charney, Marshal of the Knights Templar, retracted their confessions which had been obtained under torture, and were burned at the stake, in the presence of King Philip IV of France, on the 18th March 1314.

Jacques de Molay cried out to his God, calling for Pope Clement V and King Philip IV of France, his accusers, should join him.  Within a year, both had died.

It is believed many Templar’s, met secretly in caves, tunnel and cellars, across Europe, keeping the order alive, century after century.

The French Revolution was started by the poor and hungry, and the first execution by guillotine, took place in January of 1793, when King Louis XVI lost his life.

Execution of Louis XVI

Execution of King Louis XVI of France

On that day history tells us of an individual, who dipped his finger in the King’s blood, and called out to the crowd.  “Jacques de Molay, you are being avenged,” and the crowd cheered.

Many from the Order of the Knights Templar went underground in the 1300’s, so it is possible, the movement continued, and they played a part in the French Revolution, exacting revenge on the French monarchy.

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