It was mid-November 1308 and the Templars of Miravet had been resisting the siege of the royal troops for almost a year. In December 1307, James II had ordered the arrest of all those in his kingdom accused of heresy. The Catalan monarch had decided to take advantage of the defeat of the Order of the Temple devised by the French king Philip IV, with the collaboration of Pope Clement V. But unlike France, here the knight monks had time to organize to resist.
Miravet’s fortress was impregnable. Only famine and disease could overcome the solid walls of the most formidable Templar castle in the West. The resistance, however, could not be infinite, and, after attaining more honorable conditions, the castle was delivered on the 12th of December. As historian J.M. Sans, it must have been awesome to see Miravet’s defenders come out. “What pain, what deepest frustration, what impotence the face of the lieutenant of the Catalan Templars, Fray Ramon Saguàrdia, must have presented.”
Four years later, in the chapel of Corpus Christi in the cloister of the cathedral of Tarragona, the innocence of the Templars was solemnly decreed. Miravet was already a symbol of the defense of truth and reason against the abuse and vileness of power, despite dressing in legality.