he list below shows all Grand Masters of the Order as they appear in many sources. Perhaps the most readily available source for this data is in the Appendix of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, in which there is also a list of the alleged Grand Masters of the Prieuré de Sion, a clandestine organization said initially to exist behind the Templars, and after 1188 to lead a separate line continuing to our times. Please note that the spelling of names varies in the sources, and I am not equipped well enough to call the line as to which is the correct one.
n the 13th century the Order adopted a new office, that of the Visitor of the Order. The holder of this title was lord of the Templar possessions in the West, and second to none besides the Grand Master. Still, not even the Visitor had the power to call the Chapter of the Order to a meeting. It is possible that this accumulation of power into one hands was one of the reasons the Templars became to be perceived as a threat by many, not least Philip the Fair. After all, the Templar military force was fully sufficient to wipe out any army in Europe. When Jacques de Molay became Grand Master, he was already a man in his middle age, but nevertheless when he was finally convicted as a nonrepenting heretic, he went to the stake resolutely and fearlessly, just as the templars did in battle all through their existence.
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