It is well known that on the eve of the arrests, the Templars’ gold and other valuables were sent from Paris to the port of La Rochelle, where everything was loaded onto 18 galleys that sailed in an “unknown direction”. For many years after this, the popes, French kings and other interested persons unsuccessfully searched for the treasury of the Templars.
The Templars delivered their treasures to Rus.
In 1307, according to Russian chronicles, Moscow Prince Yuri Danilovich with the archbishop met in Novgorod overseas pilgrim wanderers (overseas cripples) who arrived on 18 ships. The annals indicate that the guests brought with them “a myriad of many golden treasuries, pearls and precious stones”. Then they complained to the Prince about “all the lies of the Prince of the Gauls and the pope” and asked to keep the treasures.
A mistake was made in the annals, which is explained by the fact that at that time there were two princes with the same name Yuri – Yuri Danilovich, the Moscow prince and Yuri Lvovich, the prince of the Galicia-Volyn principality. There were also two Novgorods: Veliky Novgorod and Novgorod Lithuanian (Novogrudok). Novgorod-Lithuania was part of the Galicia-Volyn principality. In fact, the Templars arrived across the Baltic Sea and the Neman River in Novgorod-Lithuanian, where they were met by Yuri Lvovich, Prince of the Principality of Galicia-Volyn.
In the annals cripples are mentioned, as if they delivered treasures to Novgorod. In fact, the cripples brought news of the arrival of the treasure ships and told everything they knew about this to a certain person who told the chronicler everything. This person (or chronicler) did not understand everything correctly and the chronicler did not write it down quite correctly. In ancient times, cripples could not earn by ordinary labor. They walked from city to city, sang epics to the music of the gusli and received alms for this. They spread news from city to city. An example would be Homer. He was blind, crippled and could not work like ordinary people, so he was engaged in creativity. For a long time, his works The Iliad and The Odyssey were considered exclusively as a fairy tale, fiction. But when Schliemann found Troy, the world recognized the reality of Troy and the Trojan War.
The arrival of the Templars in Russia-Ukraine in 1307 is not written in the Galicia-Volyn annals, since it ended in 1292.
A number of European documents indicate that after the arrests of the Templars in 1307, several Templar detachments broke east. They were sent to the Principality of Galicia-Volyn.
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