Political Masterclass: Death of the Templars, I

by northernbeholder

Most gamers will know the Templars from their role in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed games, where they are presented in the meta-story as a shadowy global organization conspiring to control the world through a variety of silly ways that ultimately detract from the main narrative of the game and probably should have been axed because seriously, Desmond is boring and his sequences are boring and I’d like to be playing more awesome Altair stuff now, please.

Wait, that kind of got away from me there. Let’s try again.

Okay, the Templars.  The Assassin’s Creed games are a good example of how they’re often portrayed in pop culture:  Masters of a nefarious global cabal that conspires to control every aspect of the world from behind the scenes like some form of mad puppetmasters.  They’re right up there with the Illuminati, Zionists, and lizard people when it comes to being the go-to group of evil masterminds bending all their efforts towards driving conspiracy theorists ever further up the wall.  So how did an order of crusading warrior-monks from the middle ages of Europe rise to such shadowy prominence in the minds of so many people?

The answer is itself a conspiracy, a tangled web involving the Templars, Pope Clement V, and King Philip IV of France that would spread across much of western Europe. It is a sordid tale of lies, perjury, torture and murder, manufactured by men greedy for wealth and power.  It is a conspiracy whose effects still echo down the ages to the present day, earning its orchestrator a place alongside Constantine and Alexander in the ranks of the Political Masterclass.

Over the coming weeks, all will be revealed.

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