The Knights Templar Revealed

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Where did the mysterious white-mantled order of the Knights Templar come from? Was it simply a reflection of early twelfth-century Christian thinking? Authors Alan Butler and Stephen Dafoe believe that the true genesis of the Knights Templar belongs far back in time, long before Christianity even developed. The Templars were an offshoot of a little understood monastic brotherhood, the Cistercians, who themselves danced to the tune of an ...
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Where did the mysterious white-mantled order of the Knights Templar come from? Was it simply a reflection of early twelfth-century Christian thinking? Authors Alan Butler and Stephen Dafoe believe that the true genesis of the Knights Templar belongs far back in time, long before Christianity even developed. The Templars were an offshoot of a little understood monastic brotherhood, the Cistercians, who themselves danced to the tune of an extremely powerful group of individuals living in Burgundy and Flanders from the time of the Romans onwards.

Butler and Dafoe give a detailed account of the rise of a specific group, identified as the "Troyes Fraternity," that did not simply respond to the caprices of history—they made it. Behind the Knights Templar lay a belief pattern almost as old as humanity and a heritage that was already ancient before recorded history began. The story is both fascinating and compelling. It will leave the reader in no doubt as to the true intentions of the Knights Templar and of the shadowy, immensely influential organization that brought them into being.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760781784
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 6/24/2006
  • Pages: 240

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    Investigate the impact that ancient Crete had on Jewish history, the crusades, and the power of the Pope to control economics in Europe.

    My interest in ancient world and church history was satiated as I read this fast paced, intriguing slant on the interaction between politics, the church, and culture of the dark ages. I could not lay the book down.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Adding Dots

    The title is misleading, in that what is "revealed" are more theories that purport to connect the Templars to ancient orders, and also attempt to demonstrate a passing of the baton from the Order of the Templar Knights to modern Freemasons. Although the authors do a fine job of fleshing out theories, sadly they fall short of any real evidence of the connections they allege. The theories are well articulated, but the evidence can be argued just as effectively that there were no such connections, as that there were these ancient connections. Rather than connecting the dots of data regarding this ancient legend, the authors have succeeded only in adding more dots.

    The Templar legend is fascinating, and timeless, and will undoubtedly remain so as long as it remains a mystery, like the Mayan ruins, the Egyptian pyramids, or the ancient cities in the jungles of Cambodia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Background of the Knights Templar

    Have you ever wondered what created the idea of Knights Templar? This research will take you far back in history and develop how the idea and organization developed. Fascinating discussions of "salt lines" and Cistercians and the reasons why the Knights Templar evolved.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    GOOD INFORMATION

    this is a great book if you are wanting to learn about Knights Templar and just gain information. Not suggested for a light reading...it is very informational and educational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Knights Templar revealed

    According to years of resources, their books are nearest the 'mark' and bring back to life lost knowledge and more 'Hints' that there is much more down this road Looking forward to Part 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    not much revealed here

    I suppose I should have wondered why the hardcover version only cost $7.00. I don't know anything about the authors, but I thought this would make interesting reading. Unforunately, I felt like the authors continuously intimated that the next chapter would reveal some huge secret about the Templars that your average person is not privy to. I was let down. Maybe I will re-read it and highlight all the promises the authors make, and then see if they actually come through in the pages that follow. It was as if I got lost in their rambling and forgot what they said they were going to reveal next. At the very end of the book, they start talking about the second half of the book, 'Revealed part 2.' Maybe this is where the answers will be. Unfortunately, again, for me, I did not understand that this was part 1 of a series. It was still interesting historywise, nonetheless.

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    Posted August 13, 2009

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