Templar Lore

Kiwis set out on Crusader trail

Two New Zealand musicians are walking 5800km from Britain to Jerusalem – spending a year following the route used by medieval pilgrims.

New Zealanders David Delia, 21, and Max Evenbly, 20, set out today on the 914th anniversary of the first crusade, but told the BBC that their mission was not religious.

Rather, they want to be modern-day troubadours on the trek to Temple Mount.

“After 65 years of European peace, it is time for this path to be walked again,” they said.

The first crusade had the aim of reclaiming Jerusalem and holy sites for the Christian church following an appeal in France by the Pope.

The New Zealanders aim to visit 13 countries on the “templar trail”, the route to Jerusalem which the Knights Templar were charged with protecting.

The pair, who began a band when they were at school, aim to check out music scenes en route as part of a “travelmentary” they are making with a Cardiff-based production company.

Mr Delia, who plays guitar and harmonica, left New Zealand at the age of 19 and moved to Malta, and then Wales.

“It’s about travel and seeing new things and what’s out there,” he said.

“It’s about going to the border of horizons and experiencing new things and try and learn more about what’s going on.”

Mr Evenbly, who plays guitar and ukulele, said: “Me and Dave have always wanted to travel.

“We will definitely be trying to busk.”

The route planned by the pair cuts across eastern Europe and through Turkey to the Levant, and they are going to wear costumes representing both the Crusaders and the Saracens fought by the Knights Templar.

The pair sought advice on the route from Cardiff historian Helen Nicholson, who said that in the 11th Century there were well-established pilgrim routes from western Europe to Jerusalem, and some pilgrim hospices where travellers could stay.

“One major difference is that there are far more bridges now than in the 11th Century – the ‘Kiwi Knights’ will be able to cross Europe’s many rivers safely by bridge rather than paying for a ferry or crossing a ford,” she said. The dangers from bandits on the roads were also lower.


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?

The Second Messiah – Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas

This is Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas’s second co-authored book in which they investigate the origins of Freemasonry, a discipline in which they are both actively involved and of which they are practising, high-ranking members.

In The Second Messiah, the authors re-visit Rosslyn Chapel in southern Scotland and also bring into play the Turin Shroud.

The nub of the whole thing is that following the failed revolt in Judaea headed up by Yehoshua ben Joseph (better known to us as Jesus Christ), an anointed descendant of the royal house of David, many members of the Jewish aristocracy were forced to flee the Roman held province. They landed up in Septimania, a Jewish Kingdom that had been established on the shores of the Mediterranean in what is now South-western France. Welcomed as high-ranking nobility, these refugees eventually married into the French aristocracy over the centuries and spread into many illustrious families throughout France and Flanders.

But what they didn’t tell anyone was that before taking the last boat from Palestine and in an attempt to preserve it in the event of total disaster, they had committed their corpus of hidden knowledge to scrolls and hidden the lot beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This fact was handed down through the descendants of these families until such time as they were able to return to Jerusalem to reclaim their birthright. The opportunity to do this was presented when the First Crusade recaptured the Holy City and some even consider the descendants of the Jewish refugees responsible for engineering the Crusade in the first place. Oh what a tangled web we weave!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, this little secret society became the Knights Templar whose Grand Master at the time of its dissolution was Jaques de Molay whose burning at the stake in 1314 kind of mirrored the crucifixion of Jesus. As a descendant of one of the exiled Jewish families, it is suggested in the book that Jaques de Molay was the natural successor to Jesus (possibly even ultimately descended from the line of David). As head of a society (the Knights Templar) whose rituals were based on the scrolls reclaimed from Jerusalem and ultimately passed down into Freemasonry, de Molay would indeed have been seen as a Messiah in the Davidic tradition.

Well, what do you think about that little lot ! We’re not even going to start on what the Turin Shroud’s got to do with all this but rest assured, it’s as well researched and plausible as everything else these two come up with. A great read!