Skip to comments.Forget The Da Vinci Code: This is The Real Mystery of the Knights Templar
Posted on 01/10/2014 5:14:25 AM PST by lbryce
Not so long ago, casually throwing the Knights Templar into polite conversation was a litmus test of mental health. One of Umberto Ecos characters in Foucaults Pendulum summed it up perfectly. He declared that you could recognise a lunatic "by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars".
But all good things come to an end. The enigmatic medieval monk-knights are no longer a fringe interest for obsessives. They are now squarely mainstream. And as 18 March 2014 draws closer, Templarmania is going to be ratcheted up several more notches.
Everyone loves an anniversary, and this is going to be a big one. It will be exactly 700 years since the legendary Jacques de Molay, last Grand Master of the Templars, was strapped to a stake in Paris and bonfired alive. For centuries after de Molays execution in 1314, everyone wanted to sweep the ashes of the whole dreadful affair under the carpet. The official line was that the Templars, the former darlings of Christendom, had fallen from grace. Power had gone to their heads, and they had degenerated into something unspeakable (for a medieval order of monks, at any rate): spitting and urinating on crucifixes, worshiping idols, and finding sexual release with each other.
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Get your armor out of storage and be on your way.
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My ‘mail’ is always close at hand and doesn’t always have anything to do with the computer or be delivered by USPS.
“It’s only a scratch”
So seven guys from France show up in Jerusalem, talk their way into posession of the temple mount, dig for a couple of years, then return to Europe to build a massive financial empire and revolutionize architecture.
What’s the mystery?
Duh.... I get the play on words you’ve demonstrated with “mail”.
This is an interesting read.
While leaving many unanswered questions, it provides insight to several areas of confusion.
An interesting footnote is that though suppressed in France and disbanded in England and Scotland the Templars survived in Spain and Portugal. They were highly regarded for their aid in the “Reconquista”. They only changed their name to “The Order of Christ” They financed the voyages of Columbus and Vasco da Gama. The order survives in Spain to this day
Thank you. It’s also the reason I posted it.
According to the RLDS genealogy website, I’m descended from Phillip. So whenever something minor goes wrong, like we get the wrong order in a carry out (I got original recipe instead of grilled at KFC yesterday for example), its due to this curse. We call it the ancient pizza curse.
My uncle was a born-again Christian. When he became a 33rd degree Mason, something very bad in Freemasonry scared him, and he sort of dropped out. He has gone home to be with the Lord, and I have no idea or hint as to what frightened him.
He seemed to enjoy his Freemason membership prior to that
last step, encouraging me in my high school years to think about Demolay. (We had a very active chapter at my high school.) He would say, “Now I can’t ask you to join.” But you could tell that he had a fond wish that my Dad and I would get involved with Freemasonry. Not so in his last years.
My read of the subject indicates he did give the castles to Knights Hospitalers but the “vast treasures” eluded him. Phillip was deeply in debt to the Templars and this zeroed out that debt. Motive? Yep. And Phillip's life did not end well either.
Interesting read. Between the Sultan being allowed to pray in the al-Aqsa mosque, being able to talk their way into ownership of Temple Mount, the denial of Christ in the initiation, and the designs on the inside of their chapel as opposed to religious imagery (reminded me of the inside of a mosque sort of), could they have been an underground Muslim movement? Kind of like the Muslim equivalent of the Jesuits?
I’m sorry. I’m not very good at this conspiracy theory stuff.
We visited an ancient castle in central France, Busseol Castle (google it) where the Knights Templar gathered for the trip to the Holy Land.
I love to visit castles and this one has to be the best and most intriguing. It is small enough that it would remind you of a house you could actually live in and it was furnished with ancient antiques. Built up on a pointed hill with a view in all directions.
It is open to the public but the care taker wanted us to hurry through so he could go to lunch or something. I could have spent all day (and night) there.
Here is a rather old (1852), less dramatic, probably more accurate account of the Crusades and the Templars.
They were the last crusaders to leave by ship the fortress known as Acre, at the end of the Crusades. Most of the Templars stayed and died at the hands of the Muslim conquerors.
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