Thursday, October 25, 2007

Oliver Burkeman
Thursday October 11, 2007
The Guardian

A couple of years ago, one wintry morning in Hertford, I met a mysterious man who claimed to belong to the Knights Templar. As readers of The Da Vinci Code will know, this secretive Catholic organisation had been officially disbanded in 1307 by Pope Clement V, who had accused them of being heretics and devil-worshippers; their leader, Jacques de Molay, was burned at the stake. This Saturday, October 13, marks the 700th anniversary of the day their persecution began: Friday October 13, 1307, which may be the origin of the idea that Friday 13 is unlucky.

No comments: