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The degree to which the Templar persecutions were public is unclear.  Tuchman does not specify whether observers were permitted during the trials, nor does she mention if any kind of transcript was made.  In the absence of any such evidence we should assume neither,

I would assume the opposite. Public trials being standard medieval practice and an important instrument for giving legitimacy to the proceedings. And transcripts was both important for legitimacy and such an important tool for historians, that if it is extensively written about you can assume there is some kind of transcript.

All the more reason to break the accused with torture before the trial.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Aug 1st, 2009 at 07:36:04 AM EST

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