October 6th, 2007

The Knights Templar

The Templar’s Plague

“The law of unintended consequences, often cited but rarely defined, is that actions of people—and especially of government—always have effects that are unanticipated or "unintended."” 

The above statement by Forbes columnist Rob Norton can be applied to a majority of historical, and many of my personal, missteps. No truer statement could be made about the events that happened after the arrest of the Knights Templar on 13 Oct 1307.

 


Arguments can be made that the infrastructure the Templars had created in
Europe disappearing literally over night caused a certain amount of upheaval. Possibly the effects of the “1315-1322 Great Famine” could have been lessened had the Templars still been in control of their vast farm holdings.

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Quote of the Day

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible."


Arthur C. Clarke

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Lasting Images

The Birth of Venus 



Alessandro Filipepi, better known as Sandro Botticelli (Florence 1445 - May 17, 1510) was an Italian painter of the Florentine school. His life was described in Giorgio Vasari's Vite. Born in Florence in the popular rione named Ognissanti, he was an apprentice of Andrea del Verrocchio, together with Leonardo da Vinci. This large picture by Botticelli depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a full grown woman, arriving at the sea-shore (Venus Anadyomene motif). The painting is currently in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

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