This Monday, September 20, at 9:05 pm, a new episode of “Secrets of History” will be broadcast on France 3. Stéphane Bern will be interested this time in Philippe le Bel and the strange affair of the Templars. Diving in the 14th century between Avignon and Villeneuve-lez-Avignon.
On March 11, 1314, Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Order of the Temple, perished on a pyre erected in Paris, under the eyes of the King of France, Philippe le Bel. The most prestigious religious and military order of the Middle Ages, that of the Templars, disappeared in violence. Comment Philippe le Bel, grandson of Saint Louis, visionary and modern for his time, could he be so inflexible and ruthless? Why was he so determined to destroy the Templars?
700 years later, this mysterious page in the history of France continues to fascinate and the true motivations of the “Iron King” still raise many questions. Stéphane Bern offers viewers a journey through time to try to partially elucidate this hazy episode.
The show required six months of work and takes as its backdrops the heart of Paris, the former commanderies of the Templars, Italy on the road to the Crusades … Some sequences were shot last March in Avignon and Villeneuve. The film crews could not miss the Villeneuvoise tower which bears the king’s name, and also made a video at Fort Saint-André.