The Death Spells that Started the Hundred Years War
On Friday the 13th, 1314, Grand Master Jacques de Molay -- grand master of the "Outer Temple" as opposed to the "Inner Temple" of the Knights Templar -- was burned at the stake. His dying words were: "Pope Clement, Chevalier Guillaume de Nogaret, King Philippe, before a year, I am ordering you to appear before the tribunal of God. Cursed you will all be! Cursed until the 13th generation!"

Writer Maurice Druon (of the French Academy) in his six-volume series, Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings) demonstrates with excellent scholarship how Jacques de Molay's curse came to pass, in every detail, and how it eventually triggered the end of the Capetian dynasty, and the Hundred Years War between England and France.


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