Top 10 Biggest Mistakes Made During The Crusades

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10. Destruction of the Knights Templar

The first headquarters of the Knights Templar, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Crusaders called it the Temple of Solomon and it is from this location they derived their name of Templar.

This was a military order dedicated to the cause of the Crusades.  Individual Templars were to be poor and pious, but the order as a whole soon became wealthy and powerful.

The Templars created modern banking with a system where pilgrims could deposit money in Europe and withdraw the deposit in the Middle East, making the journey a bit safer from robbers.

However, King Philip IV of France wanted their funds for himself and so, in turn, convinced Pope Clement V that the Templars had become heretical and corrupt.

Across Europe, Templars were arrested and their goods seized; they were then executed.  Many were burned at stake.