First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

While Pope Clement and his court still held forth at Pictavia[Pictavia; Pictavi, modern Poitiers.], the king of France was so misled by his officials (as it is said), that he informed the pope that the grandmaster of the Templars and his brethren had fallen into certain errors and vices, and had scorned, blasphemed and mocked Christ, to whose cause they had been dedicated and for whom they had fought; also that they were in accord with the Turks and Saracens and hostile to the Christians. And so they were persecuted and deprived of their possessions and estates, and the same estates were devoted to other uses and diverted to other ecclesiastical defenders of the Christian faith. And the order (as previously stated) grew in wealth; but their piety became less. And now one Jacobus[James Molay, grand master of the Templars.], a Burgundian who had entered this order, was, upon the death of the grand-master, made grand master at the instigation of the princes. And it so happened that he fell into disfavor with King Philip of France, to whose son he had acted as godfather, so that under a decree of the pope, all the most distinguished members of the order, together with said Jacobus, their grand master, were, at the command of said King Philip, arrested throughout the kingdom on the same day, robbed of their cities, castles, treasures, possessions, and estates, and all the prisoners brought to Paris. They were held in confinement for a long time, charged with many shameful acts, but which they denied. All except Jacobus and three of his associates were condemned to be burnt; and although they acknowledged the Christian faith and denied the charges, they were burnt. Jacobus was taken to Lyons, and after confessing certain charges held against him by the pope, was brought back to Paris, and together with one of his associates, who was a brother of Delphin, was condemned to death. When the sentence was read to him in the presence of two papal legates, he testified that he was deserving of death, although not guilty of the things for which he was being condemned. After this he, together with Delphin’s brother, resolutely suffered the death penalty in the presence of the king.[See Note to the Templars, Folio CXCVII verso.]

Trusianus, a physician of Florence, and a disciple of Thaddeus, the physician, at this time wrote a large interpretation on Galen’s book of medicine; but when he later noted that he was not happy in medicine, he devoted himself entirely to spiritual matters, and adopted the Carthusian Order.

Richard de Media Villa, a man highly educated in the Holy Scriptures, and of the Barefoot Order (as some say) lived at this time. He was so intelligent and wise in the Scriptures that nothing contained in the divine books was unknown to him. Among other proofs of his ingenuity he wrote an elegant exposition of higher criticism.

Jacobus of Viterbo, of the Augustinian Order, also a distinguished teacher of the Holy Scriptures, archbishop of Naples, and illustrious for his virtue, at this time made and compiled many writings known to the learned.

In the year 1314 three moons and a comet appeared in the north for a period of three months. And in the same year Philip of France died, having reigned 29 years; for during a chase a wild boar got under the king’s horse, causing Philip to fall from it, and he died not long afterwards. He was a very handsome man, straight of limb and well proportioned; but he sought too much amusement, leaving the care of the kingdom to his dependents, to the instability of his realm. He left three sons, namely, Louis (Ludovicum), king of Navarre; Philip, the