Templar Lore

Nail from Christ’s crucifixion found?

A nail dating from the time of Christ’s crucifixion has been found at a remote fort believed to have once been a stronghold of the Knights Templar.
Published: 02 Mar 2010 The Telegraph

The four-inch long nail is thought to be one of thousands used in crucifixions across the Roman empire.

Archaeologists believe it dates from either the first or second century AD.

The nail was found last summer in a decorated box in a fort on the tiny isle of Ilheu de Pontinha, just off the coast of Madeira.

Pontinha was thought to have been held by the Knights Templar, the religious order that was part of the Christian forces which occupied Jerusalem during the Crusades in the 12th century.

The knights were part of the plot of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code.

Bryn Walters, an archaeologist, said the iron nail’s remarkable condition suggested it had been handed with extreme care, as if it was a relic.

“It dates from the first to second centuries,” he told the Daily Mirror.

While one would expect the surface to be “pitted and rough” he said on this nail the surface was smooth.

That suggested that many people had handled it over the centuries, with the acid on their hands giving it a “peculiar finish”.

Christopher Macklin of the Knights Templar of Britannia said the discovery was “momentous”.

He said the original Knights Templar may have thought it was one of the nails used in Christ’s crucifixion.

The nail was found together with three skeletons and three swords.

One of the swords had the Knight Templar’s cross inscribed on it.


Cracking The Da Vinci Code – Simon Cox

The huge success of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” will come as no surprise to anyone whose quest has taken them to study the events surrounding the enigma of Berenger Sauniere and Rennes-le-Chateau. Although a work of fiction, the book has served to bring to the public arena the issue of the Magdalene Deception perpetrated by the Catholic Church. Many other themes are woven into the fabric of the story that will be familiar to any visitor to this website genuinely interested in its content.

Simon Cox, the editor-in-chief of Phenomena a magazine dedicated to challenging accepted dogma, has produced one of the many books spawned from the Da Vinci Code’s success, attempting to enlighten any interested party as to the facts behind the fiction.

Cox’s book is laid out alphabetically (it starts with “Adoration of the Magi” and ends with “Vitruvian Man” with roughly a page or two on each subject in between) and although a little short on really meaty detail it does serve as a good reference source and contains an extensive bibliography for further reading.

We’d probably recommend reading the Da Vinci Code first though.