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On This Day In History: Papal Bull Issued To Arrest All Knights Templar And Seize Their Lands – On 22 Nov, 1307


The Vatican Archive: the Pope's private library

The Vatican Archive - contains accounts of the trial of the Knights Templar held at Chinon in August 1308; a threatening note from 1246 in which Ghengis Khan’s grandson demands that Pope Innocent IV travel to Asia to ‘pay service and homage'; a letter from Lucretia Borgia to Pope Alexander VI; Papal Bulls excommunicating Martin Luther; correspondence between the Court of Henry VIII and Clement VII; and an exchange of letters between Michelangelo and Paul III.


Although officially founded in 1539, the papal bull granting its establishment was received from Pope Paul III on this day in 1538. The New...

from the Guardian

After 500 years of schism, will the rift of the Reformation finally be healed?

Martin Luther’s burning of the Papal Bull excommunicating him in 1520 led to five centuries of religious division in Europe.

On the day 11th July 1533 – Pope Clement VII excommunicates Henry VIII of England. This has to be the ultimate in the saying, “As one thing comes to an end, another thing begins”. The Start of the Church of England. To find out what Manors or Lordships existing in your area around this time please email us on

from Mail Online

As the world waits for a new Pope, we explore the Vatican's Secret Archives (with no help whatsoever from Dan Brown)

Detail of the 1198 papal bull issued by Pope Innocent III calling for a new crusade to the Holy Land; the ill-fated Fourth Crusade lasted from 1202 to 1204