Friday the 13th – Why it is Considered an Unlucky Day. A Quick History Lesson.

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Many people consider Friday the 13th an unlucky day.  This fear of Friday the 13th began due to events that transpired in France on Friday, October 13th in the year 1307.  The events of that day being so terrible, they have carried forth a superstitious fear of the day 700 hundred years.

So what happened on Friday, October 13th 1307?

King Phillip the Fair of France in collusion with Pope Clement V and The Knights Hospitallers betrayed The Knights Templar.  King Phillip and Pope Clement V lured the leader of the order, Jacques de Molay, to Paris under the guise of friendship and at dawn on Friday, October 13th ordered all of The Knights of Templar arrested on fictitious charges of heresy.  The Knights Templar were then tortured by the Dominican Friars, made famous by the tactics they employed during and after The Spanish Inquisition, into making false confessions.

As the following years passed; many were killed and maimed during the torture and still others were burned at the stake.  The remaining Knights Templar through out Europe were forced into hiding as their capture meant certain death by the most painful means of the day.

This betrayal of the innocent order of The Knights Templar was so socially impact full that the date of it is still remembered today and while the reason for its remembrance may be unknown to many, it is now known to you.

To the Fallen Knights I say Rest in Peace knowing your Brethren still walk upon this Earth.

Mike Weaver
metrobrokers/GMAC Real Estate - Fayetteville, GA
 Thanks for sharing I had no idea that is why people are so superstitious on Friday the 13th.
Jul 14, 2007 04:58 AM
Vicki Bishop GRI - Alabama Real Estate
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® - Bay Minette, AL

Wow i had no idea , But I do love reading about history.

Jul 14, 2007 05:00 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
Wasn't that in that book/movie the DeVinci Code?  The story sounds very familiar from there.
Jul 14, 2007 05:13 AM
Diane Velikis
Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate - Luzerne, PA
Luzerne County Real Estate

hmmmmm Very Intresting

Diane Velikis

Jul 14, 2007 05:38 AM
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Very interesting- never knew the root to the friday 13th thing.

However, (As the following years passed; many were killed and maimed during the torture and still others were burned at the steak.) the STEAK was probably a stake.  lol    GREAT POST

Jul 14, 2007 05:49 AM
Jason Leone
Logical Choice Lending, Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hey Donna,

Yes Dan Brown did use this actual historic event to dramatise his excellent piece of fiction.  It is also loosely referred to in the movie National Treasure.  While these books and movies make for good entertainment, I can assure you, the actual history of these events is far more compelling.  The Knights Templar were a very real religious order of warrior monks.  They were also the preeminent bankers of Europe in their day and as such King Phillip of France owed them huge sums of money.  Phillip had borrowed from The Knights Templar to finance his ongoing war with King Edward I of England and had two aims in betraying the Templars.  One; he would not have to pay them back what he owed and two he would take control of their land and wealth.  He also alluded to Pope Clement V that he wanted the Templars to be merged with the The Knights Hospitallers and for that order to be placed into his control.  As both of these orders were full of trained and seasoned fighters, Phillip would have strengthened his fighting force substantially had this occurred.  The Pope proved to be more resilient then Phillip had anticipated and while allowing Phillip his betrayal of the Templars, the Catholic Church retained the lands of Templars and control of The Knights Hospitallers.  The Hospitallers was the order that took possession of the Templars land.  More likely then not, this was done so the Hospitallers would remain as a standing army capable of deterring King Phillip from assaulting the Pope physically.  Pope Clement V was know to be a physical coward and bent to the will of Phillip quite frequently (as Phillip was responsible for him obtaining the Papacy in the first place) but in this he was able to thwart Phillip.

In all honesty I could go on all day about this but as my lunch is ready I will leave the story off here.

Jul 14, 2007 05:52 AM
Dominick Gaccino
Dominick gaccino - Peekskill, NY






Jul 14, 2007 06:04 AM
Jason Leone
Logical Choice Lending, Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hey Shirley,

Spelling correction noted and fixed.  Thank you.

Jul 14, 2007 06:11 AM
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


High intrigue in high places. The king of France got the pope involved, or was it the other way around, and together they created a sleazy event that still lives as a somewhat of a warning to watch your back. That's good to know.

Jul 14, 2007 06:38 AM
Jason Leone
Logical Choice Lending, Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hey Esko,

It was Phillip who acted first.  The Pope didn't issues the Papal Bull titled "Pastoralis Preeminentae" until November 22, 1307 in which he praised Phillip and called on the remaining rulers of Europe to arrest and torture the Knights Templar in their countries.

Jul 14, 2007 07:02 AM
Provadus Home Loans
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I have seen a special in regards to this.  Interesting history lesson.  Thank you.
Jul 14, 2007 07:10 AM
That is interesting. I wasn't sure where or why it was started. thank for the history lesson.
Jul 14, 2007 07:32 AM
Steven Shewell
Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. - Ephrata, PA
The Mortgage Maverick
Interesting tidbit.  I have heard other stories as to how it became acquainted with bad luck, but this one is pretty good.
Jul 14, 2007 08:42 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
Jason, thank you for the detailed history lesson.
Jul 14, 2007 12:31 PM
tina maddaloni
Well what should I say....I'm born on October 13th and the year I was born it happened to be a FRIDAY no less. Then to make matters more complicated My real name is Fortunata everyone knows me as TINA so talk about a cliche MY name=Fortunate and I was born on Friday the 13th.....................Truly that one day is usually good to me I guess it just happens that way but the other 364 days well now that could be a problem. Last bit of info my daughter was born on May 31 look at that 13 backwards hmmmmmmm
Nov 01, 2007 05:52 AM