Quarantine: day three - alternate history
What would the world be like if King Philip IV Of France hadn't laid false charges of the vilest heresies against the Knights Templar so he could eradicate the order and seize their wealth to escape his debts?
Would the warrior monks have launched another Crusade on the Holy Land from Malta? Or would the "poor knights of Christ" have concentrated on the financial side of their operation, essentially the first European bank?
The Templars weren't just a blip on the radar of human history, they existed for almost two centuries - longer than this continent has been officially known as Australia.
They had serious military might and colossal wealth, and yet they were obliterated by one king's desperate, murderous greed (and the Pope's complicity). I don't think I'll ever get my grey matter around that.