Beginning in 1307, the Knights Templar - who could be called the Blackwater of the Christian Crusades, which, if it isn't accurate, at least gives you the general idea - went on trial for heresy in a legal proceeding known as Processus Contra Templarios.
The Vatican has announced that the Latin transcript of the proceedings, which resulted in the loss of their wealth and the suppression of the order, will be made available in a limited edition. Price tag: $8,400.
According to media reports - the Vatican has not mentioned this document on its official site - the transcript reveals the Pope's opposition to the proceeding.
It would have been available earlier, we are advised, but it was "misplaced" - for three hundred years. Needless to say, the medievalists are rejoicing, and many are already begging for an English translation.
As trial transcripts go, that's not expensive at all. Trial transcripts generated today in the US routinely run $2 or 3 a page (and they're double-spaced, have super-wide margins, large type, numbered lines, and every other gimmick court reporters can think of to lengthen a transcript.)
Of course as books go, well....