Templar Lore

Web of Gold – The secret history of a sacred treasure – by Guy Patton and Robin Mackness

According to these guys, the Romans sacked the Temple of Jerusalem and carted off its goodies to Rome whence it was again plundered by the Visigoths. This people eventually settled in an area comprising southern France and northern Spain. And when they in turn were threatened by the expanding Franks, the treasure was secreted around about their last great fortress at what is now Rennes-le-Chateau.

The authors believe this was the first of no less than three treasures (the other two being those of the Knights Templar and the “heretical” Cathars) to be hidden in this region and that over the intervening centuries various interested parties, with varying degrees of success, have sought to recover them. The list includes British Intelligence, the Nazis, a whole range of bizarre individuals and last, but by no means least, certain factions within the French government who, the authors assert, have altogether unwholesome links to the wartime Vichy regime. A tangled web of gold indeed !

The book traces the history of the treasures and investigates the stories behind those who may (or may not) have unearthed all (or part of) any of the three. The story of Bérenger Saunière, the impoverished parish priest of Rennes-le-Chateau is told, of how his renovations in the church with Visigothic foundations unearthed something of world-shattering implication. The involvement of the Priory of Sion is discussed, as well as the alleged dabbling and skulduggery perpetrated by other sinister underground movements.

As its title implies, this is a very complex book covering as it does not only the history of the treasures supposedly hidden in the Languedoc, but also the modern day implications of what those treasures might symbolise were they to be recovered and returned to their rightful owners.

There are so many fingers in this pie, there’s no room for the filling !


The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar – Steven Sora

The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar: Solving the Oak Island MysteryWell, well, well. What’s this one all about then? A very, very strange, very, very cleverly constructed shaft on an island in a bay in Nova Scotia that has so far defied all attempts at excavation. Who would sink such a cunning shaft and what lies at the bottom?

The author thinks it would have to be something pretty damn valuable for it to be worth going to all that trouble for. Pirate gold perhaps? There are some links in the area to Sir Francis Drake, Elizabeth the First’s legitimised high seas thug. Could he have sequestered away some of his hard earned pillaging from the Spanish bullion fleets here? Or maybe some other pirate’s bounty sits at the bottom of the so-called money-pit awaiting someone clever enough to overcome the booby-traps?

There is another candidate. It is rumoured that the Knights Templar had advance warning of the issuance of the Papal Bull announcing the demise of the order on Friday 13 th October 1307, and spirited the treasure of the Paris Temple away to their ships before Philip the Fair could lay his grubby hands on it. The Templar fleet left their base at La Rochelle and sailed out of history, never to be heard of again. Amongst other things, the treasure was said to include the lost hoard from the Temple of Jerusalem as well as whatever Messrs. Hugues de Payen and co. had uncovered during their highly dodgy excavations under the Temple Mount between 1118 and 1127.

Did the treasure find its way via a specially constructed chapel in southern Scotland to Nova Scotia’s Money Pit? Rosslyn Chapel, an edifice we have visited personally, does have some exceedingly weird carvings amongst which are depictions of plants which at the time could only be found on the North American continent. So what, you might say? Well, the strange thing is that these carvings were made several decades before Columbus is accredited with the discovery of America. Is this evidence that the Sinclair family (some members of which are known to have participated in voyages of discovery) removed the hoard buried beneath Rosslyn to a place of greater safety? The author certainly thinks so.

To back up his hypothesis, Steven Sora fills in a lot of background, much of which will be familiar to regular visitors to this website; the story of the Templars after their forced dispersal, their subsequent involvement in the Scottish Independence movement, and the mystery of Berenger Sauniere and Rennes-le-Chateau.

So, what’s down the pit? It’s a very clever piece of engineering. Who’ll be smart enough to outfox the designer?