A Heresy of State: Philip the Fair, the Trial of the “Perfidious Templars,” and the Pontificalization of the French Monarchy

  title={A Heresy of State: Philip the Fair, the Trial of the “Perfidious Templars,” and the Pontificalization of the French Monarchy},
  author={Julien Th{\'e}ry},
  journal={The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures},
  pages={117 - 148}
  • J. Théry
  • Published 25 July 2013
  • History
  • The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures
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