Jacques de Molay

1243 - 1314

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Jacques de Molay (French: [də mɔlɛ]; c. 1240–1250 – 11 or 18 March 1314), also spelled "Molai", was the 23rd and last grand master of the Knights Templar, leading the order from 20 April 1292 until it was dissolved by order of Pope Clement V in 1312. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques de Molay has received more than 1,456,377 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Jacques de Molay is the 206th most popular religious figure (down from 193rd in 2019), the 231st most popular biography from France (down from 201st in 2019) and the 16th most popular French Religious Figure.

Jacques de Molay was the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. He was burned at the stake in 1314 for heresy and blasphemy.

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Among religious figures, Jacques de Molay ranks 206 out of 2,272Before him are Pope John VIII, Pope Celestine III, Ambrose, Pope Celestine V, Saint Pantaleon, and Elizabeth of Hungary. After him are Saint Matthias, Pope Sixtus IV, Pope Linus, Pope Lucius I, Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib, and Tomás de Torquemada.

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Among people born in 1243, Jacques de Molay ranks 1After him are James II of Majorca, Emperor Go-Fukakusa, Giles of Rome, and Zhenjin. Among people deceased in 1314, Jacques de Molay ranks 3Before him are Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V. After him are John Balliol, Rainier I of Monaco, Lord of Cagnes, Albert II, Margrave of Meissen, Zhu Shijie, and Helen of Anjou.

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Among people born in France, Jacques de Molay ranks 231 out of 5,234Before him are Gilles de Rais (1405), François Truffaut (1932), Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796), Philip III of France (1245), Charles XIV John of Sweden (1763), and Léon Foucault (1819). After him are Charles Fourier (1772), Georges Cuvier (1769), Irène Joliot-Curie (1897), Philip V of France (1293), Elisabeth of Valois (1545), and Henri Charrière (1906).


Among religious figures born in France, Jacques de Molay ranks 16Before him are Pope Urban V (1310), Pope Urban VI (1318), Thérèse of Lisieux (1873), Pope Benedict XII (1280), Saint Roch (1295), and Pope Innocent VI (1282). After him are Pope Callixtus II (1065), Pope Urban IV (1185), Pope Clement IV (1190), Pope Martin IV (1220), Vincent de Paul (1581), and Francis de Sales (1567).