Knights Templar and Devil Worship
While I believe the Knights Templar were a relatively orthodox military order, it seems to be the case that they allowed excommunicates and just about anyone able to fight into their ranks. I suspect this means that there were localised cells of heresy in the order.
One interesting case involved possible devil worship in York, at least according to two Franciscans under oath! A Templar priest was claimed to have evoked the devil facing west with his back to the altar, while other Templars confessed that some of their brethren denied and defiled the cross. A notary from York also claimed that he'd been told the Templars revered a horned idol in the form of a calf. And all his in the transcripts of the English Templar trials, which didn't appear to involve any torture or coersion at all.
All of which is interesting when we realise the term Baphomet, originally a term for Mohammed, seems to have evolved into a term for the devil, which explains the use of the term in various contexts.
All of this and more comes from the research I'm doing for my latest book Temple Garden (a follow up to Black Knights book). More can be found on my Templar research forum at
I can post more material here for those interested.