Templar Lore

Holy Blood, Holy Grail – by Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, Richard Leig

This is the one that started the whole thing off. It began as a simple investigation into the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau and how an ostensibly impoverished rustic priest, Bérenger Saunière, became rich seemingly overnight. So poor he had to conduct renovations on his rustic parish church himself, he appears to have discovered something hidden in a pillar dating back to Visigothic times that supported the altar. Trips to Paris followed soon after and Bernard Saunières was suddenly a very wealthy man. What did he find ?

Enter the Priory of Sion, an eminence gris that would figure hugely as the formerly localised mystery went global. This shady organisation contacted the authors on several occasions and put obscure hints and clues (or were they red herrings) in their path.

Claiming to be an off-shoot of The Knights Templar and the guardians of a secret that could rock the Christian world to its very foundations, the information provided by these people would take the authors on a roller-coaster ride of investigation and discovery, leading them to a startling conclusion.

And would it be capable of shaking the Christian world to its very foundations. Oh yes. You bet !

– Also published as The Holy Blood & The Holy Grail


The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ – by Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince

The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of ChristAn underground movement permeating western and middle-eastern society and traceable through movements such as the Knights Templar, Freemasons, and the Priory of Sion ?

The authors lead us on a fascinating voyage of investigation, providing convincing evidence it involved such stars of history as Leonardo da Vinci. Tracing the movement back to the Middle East at the time of Christ, this startling hypothesis will turn on its head everything you thought you knew about the birth of Christianity.

Was John the Baptist Jesus’s spiritual superior ? What exactly was the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene (you’ll never look at Leonardo’s Last Supper the same way again) ?

How do the Templars fit into this and what on earth has it all got to do with a small village in a region of southern France with an historical track record of heresy where a priest named Bérenger Saunière is reputed to have uncovered something world-shattering whilst renovating his dilapidated parish church ? What on earth, indeed !

The Head of God – The Lost Treasure of the Templars by Keith Laidler

On Friday 13th October, 1307 (the date, incidentally, from which we get our superstition of Friday 13th being an inauspicious day) a Papal Bull manipulated into existence by Philip the Fair of France demanded the rounding up and arrest of all the members of the Knights Templar in the then Catholic world.
Under interrogation, amazing tales of treasure and the worship of a disembodied head began to emerge, shocking the inquisitors to the extent they executed and imprisoned many of the unfortunate Knights on the grevious charge of heresy against the Church.

The author siezes upon this alleged worship of a disembodied head called “Baphomet” and traces the origins of head worship back through time to ancient Egypt where he really throws the cat amongst the pigeons by suggesting that the biblical Moses was none other than the deposed monotheistic pharoah, Akhenaten.

Forward we go again on a trail through the founding of ancient Israel, the building of the Temple, the times of Jesus, the burial under the Temple Mount of something special and its subsequent unearthing and carting off to Medieval France by the Knights Templar.

Did the Knights have prior notice of their imminent destruction in the days leading up to Friday 13th ? Did they manage to steal off into the night with their treasures ?

The author seems to think so as there is no evidence Philip the Fair ever got his hands on the Templars’ wealth. Keith Laidler even thinks he knows what the treasure actually is and where it was secreted off to.

What does he think is buried under an extremely strange coloumn in an extremely strange “chapel” in southern Scotland ? Oh my !

Bloodline of the Holy Grail – The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed – by Laurence Gardner

Bloodline of the Holy Grail: the Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed

A very scholarly work lent credence by its author’s impressive string of titles and offices amongst which are the rather splendid sounding “Chevalier Labhràn de St. Germain” and the truly magnificent “Attaché to the Grand Protectorate of the Imperial Dragon Court of Hungary, 1408”. Fine stuff indeed !

Laurence Gardner concentrates on the lineage of Jesus and his wife (yes, his wife !) Mary Magdelene once she had been forced to flee the Holy Land for a Jewish Kingdom in Southern France after the events depicted in the Bible. The plot includes the usual suspects of the Masons, Rosicrucians, Knights Templar, and the Merovingian line of Frankish kings (the Scottish Stewarts also put in an appearance). Is the entire concept of the Jewish Messiah misrepresented in what most modern day Christians call the Bible ?

What was the true relationship between Jesus and Joseph of Arimethea, and how did this fit in with Jesus’ brother James and the office of John the Baptist? Are the “miracles” related in the gospels a coded representation of something entirely more mundane and politically motivated ? The author suggests he is in a unique position to reveal the true nature of that elusive object, the Holy Grail and sheds light on the amazing cover-up perpetrated by the Roman Church in an attempt to shanghai the story of Jesus to its own strategic ends using the published gospels as their vehicle.

This book is packed full of detail and its author’s depth of esoteric knowledge will turn quite a bit of what you think you know about the history of the last two thousand years on its head. A must read !

Key to the Sacred Pattern: The untold story of Rennes-le-Chateau – by Henry Lincoln
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This is a thoroughly entertaining book and is probably best read (as I did it) immediately after the book mentioned above, Gerard de Sede’s Accursed Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau. It documents the history of Henry Lincoln’s involvement in the mystery at Rennes right from the very beginning (his reading of de Sede’s book) through all his cloak-and-dagger dealings with the Prieure de Sion and culminating with his latest take on what he considers the Treasure of Rennestrue nature of the treasure to be.

The story of his journey includes not only a cast of the usual suspects, many of whom we are already familiar with, but also some complete and utter nutters who have been attracted to the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery by the prospect of buried gold. Lincoln relates his dealings with all of them. It is very interesting to watch his ideas and speculations on what lies behind the mystery evolve from the initial material dream of hidden treasure to the now more spiritual view that sacred geometry is reflected naturally in the very topography of the mountains surrounding Rennes itself.

What the reader has to decide is whether or not Henry Lincoln is now tarred with the Prieure de Sion’s brush. That is, have his dealings with them and their predilection for red herrings and word games, tainted the books that Lincoln now puts out ? How much of what is in this book can be taken at face value ? Are his theories what they seem ? It’s all getting very confusing, but it’s damned good stuff. Oh yes indeed !

The Accursed Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau – by Gerard de Sede

This is the English translation of the book that got the whole Rennes-le-Chateau show on the road. It’s the book that Henry Lincoln (co-author of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail) picked up in some grotty old bookstore for “holiday reading” and then realised it contained far more than the ramblings of a French journalist down on his luck and after a quick buck by trotting out a sensationalist story of buried treasure. This is the book in which were first printed the copies of the documents supposedly discovered by Berenger Sauniere in the Visigothic pillar of his parish church at Rennes-le-Chateau. Lincoln reportedly spotted the “code” latent in the documents and everything took off from there.

The book itself is quite cute, taking us through the by now familiar story of Sauniere’s discovery and his subsequent (and highly suspicious) meteoric rise from rags to riches. Because it is, in essence, the first book in the Rennes Mystery genre, it is uncluttered with all the other speculation that has since jumped on the bandwagon and is therefore a good opportunity to focus solely on the events surrounding Sauniere at Rennes-le-Chateau.

But be warned ! Cute is deceptive ! It transpires that the author, Gerard de Sede, was put up to publish the book in the first place by none other than that wonderful cloak-and-dagger mob, the Prieure de Sion. According to de Sede, he published the book under the Prieure’s instructions in the hope that “someone like Lincoln” would spot the clues that lay scattered through its pages and bring the mystery of Rennes to the eyes of the world. A strange way of going about it ? I’ll say ! Read the book and make up your own minds.

Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark – Laurence Gardner

Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark: Amazing Revelations of the Incredible Power of GoldThis is from the same author who brought you “Bloodline of the Holy Grail”, a very erudite scribbler whose string of personal accomplishments includes the truly splendid and magnificently esoteric sounding “Attaché to the Grand Protectorate of the Imperial Dragon Court of Hungary, 1408”. We’ve no idea what that means, but it sounds great!

In Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark, Laurence Gardner reveals to us some “amazing revelations of the incredible power of gold”. What on earth has this got to do with the Knights Templar ? Well, although touching on some of the material already covered in “Bloodline” the author now concentrates on that most sought after of all artefacts from remote antiquity, the sacred Ark of the Covenant itself.

The story starts with a little known discovery by a British expedition to Mount Serabit on the Sinai Peninsular headed up by non-other than that famous archaeologist Sir WM Flinders Petrie. Having cleared the mountain-top site where they were expecting perhaps to find a Semitic altar stone (this being, after all, one of the possible locations for Moses’ enigmatic encounter with the burning bush documented in Exodus), they were rather startled to uncover instead a large temple complex dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Hathor containing inscriptions dating back to the time of the 4th dynasty pharaoh Sneferu who reigned about 2600 BC. Amongst the goodies left floating around the ruined complex were 483 artefacts many of which have since disappeared, some in very mysterious circumstances. However, the real show-stopper as far as our interest is concerned, was a metallurgist’s crucible and a quantity of fine white powder found concealed under some carefully laid flagstones. Was this the fabled mfkzt (mufkuzt), a term that had baffled Egyptologists for centuries. Mufkuzt, a distillation of gold to its utmost purity from which could be derived a type of stone said to hold extraordinary powers amongst which were to afford its ingester an extended, healthier lifespan and also the ability to enter into an altered state of being. We don’t know about you, but it sounds to us that we are getting into Philosopher’s Stone territory here!

Gardner then takes us on a tour of ancient artefacts that are fabled to have the same type of properties such as The Golden Fleece and finds a common denominator. Gold! We then have a trot through the Old Testament paying special attention to King Solomon and where he managed to get his hands on all the gold purported to have been included in his building projects – especially the Temple at Jerusalem (and this is a really juicy little extra property that the mfkzt substance is supposed to have. Very handy indeed!)

All very esoteric and unprovable you might say, until we are introduced to some of the qualities of purely refined gold that have only recently come to light thanks to the application of quantum physics. It transpires that gold does some extremely weird things at a sub-atomic level especially with regards to its relationship with light.

And so to the crux of the book and the involvement in the story of the Knights Templar in their manifestation as descendants of aristocratic Jewish families who had been forced to flee Palestine after the events related in the Bible. They had married into French nobility and kept certain mysteries and secrets alive down the intervening centuries until the Crusades presented them with an opportunity to return to their ancestral homeland and claim back what had been hidden all those years ago. There is even a school of thought that suggests the families involved actively engineered the First Crusade for this very reason. Was the Ark of the Covenant filled with this fine white powder, this Mfkzt, this gold in its purest form? Does this explain the extraordinary powers attributed to it by the Bible, its ability to waste armies and kill indiscriminately and seemingly at random? Was it in fact an extremely powerful kind of battery capable of all sorts of scarcely credible carryings-on, a corpus of knowledge known to the Templars and only now being rediscovered thanks to the advancement of leading edge science?

What did the Templars do with the Ark once they had recovered it? Did they use its power to help construct the great gothic cathedrals of Europe? And where is it now? What could they conceivably have done with this very handy bit of gear? Ever been to Chartres?