David Oscarson Jacques de Molay Fountain Pen
On Friday the 13th of October, 1307, Grand Master Jacques de Molay of the Knights Templar, along with all locatable Templar Knights in France on that day, were arrested by Philip IV, the Fair King of France. King Philip owed more money to the Templars than he could ever repay in his lifetime and he needed more. What better way to eradicate his debt than to discredit his creditors? He manufactured evidence that the Templars were heretics, sent it on to Pope Clement V, and handed the Templars over to the French branch of the Church of Rome's Inquisition. Meanwhile, Philip the Fair raided the Templar treasury office in Paris only to find the cupboards were bare.
De Molay was interrogated and tortured by the Inquisition for six and a half years. At the end he was offered a chance to make his confessions in public. Instead, he said, in part, the following:
"I think it only right that at so solemn a moment when my life has so little time to run I should reveal the deception which has been practiced and speak up for the truth... Other knights who have retracted their confessions have been led to the stake, yet the thought of dying is not so awful that I shall confess to foul crimes which have never been committed. Life is offered to me, but at the price of infamy. At such a price, life is not worth having."
Usually, when we consider "making the ultimate sacrifice" we think in terms of simply giving up one's life, usually on the battlefield. Jacques de Molay gave his life for the integrity of his Brothers, when he could have saved it for his own benefit. That to me is a far higher sacrifice than all.
By producing this breath-taking commemorative pen, David Oscarson has done a tremendous service for all those who honor de Molay. May it always serve to remind us not only of the martyrdom of de Molay but also of our Founding Fathers' prudence to include freedom of religion in our U.S. Constitution. C.C. Reilly, MPS
The cap crown depicts the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which was built on what is said to be the site of Jesus' crucifixion and burial near Jerusalem. The spiraled barrel represents the Apprentice Pillar at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, which was erected 150 years after the dissolution of the Knights Templar but is said to contain many symbols of the order. The clip is in the shape of the knight's sword, and the gripping section is engraved with the acacia branch, a Templar symbol of purity and endurance. The bottom is engraved with the image of two knights on one horse, an image also found at Rosslyn Chapel.
Oscarson pens are best for those who like some weight, because of the silver body. Oscarson uses ebonite feeds and German 18kt nib available in Fine, Medium, or Broad. All David Oscarson fountain pens can be filled by cartridge/converter or eyedropper.