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.


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 !