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Based on stunning new archaeological evidence, both in the UK and the USA, The Sword and the Grail details the part played by the Order of the Knights of the Templar—here proved to be the true antecedents of the Freemansons—in the discovery of America. As they fled the authorities who wished to destroyed them, some of the outlawed Templars carried their treasure to St Clair Castle, where the knights' relics are still buried. The tomb of their St Clair Grand Master, with the Grail carved on his stone, lies in ...
Based on stunning new archaeological evidence, both in the UK and the USA, The Sword and the Grail details the part played by the Order of the Knights of the Templar—here proved to be the true antecedents of the Freemansons—in the discovery of America. As they fled the authorities who wished to destroyed them, some of the outlawed Templars carried their treasure to St Clair Castle, where the knights' relics are still buried. The tomb of their St Clair Grand Master, with the Grail carved on his stone, lies in Rosslyn, the core chapel of the Masonic movement. With the help of the sea skills and wealth of the Templars, the St Clair Grand Master, tried to found a new Jerusalem in the New World, landing with 300 colonists, first in what is now Nova Scotia and then in New England, more than 90 years before Columbus.
Posted June 22, 2003
The title of this book states that you are about to read a book about the Templars, the Holy Grail, and the true discovery of America. It is such an appealing title that total strangers on my plane commented on the cover and title and said that it must be a good book. That title is a bit misleading. The book's plotline is about the St. Clair family in Scotland, their connection to Scottish history which is vast indeed, their connection to the controversial Templars, their expeditions to America, and their incredible Rosslyn Chapel. That is enough to make a book worth the price believe me. Andrew Sinclair discovered that he was related to the St. Clair family and began exhaustive research on them. They fought with Wallace, The Bruce, et.al. They had 10 generations of male heirs. They were curious, courageous, and adventurous. (The men were also quite handsome which was mentioned several times in the book) Their ancestoral home is surrounded by mystic and mystery which is why the History Channel did a piece on Rosslyn Chapel Easter 2002. Myth and legend states that the Templars hid the Holy Grail and other important religious artifacts at Rosslyn Chapel. Andrew tried to get permission to do some digging but was only allowed ground scan work. (Applause to the St. Clair family here for not allowing them to touch the chapel) The floor plan uncovered by the researchers is quite intriguing, I must admit, and the groundwork for tantalizing dreams. There are photos included in the book of the chapel and some maps which help tell the story (the 5 of the ground scan dude could have been eliminated). Sinclair gets himself into a trap though when he aligns the family with the Templars. The Templars, he tells me, were not allowed to have sex and lived a monastic life of poverty. Kind of makes you wonder how the ten generations happened and why the Templars were the wealthiest men in all of Europe. The Templars and the Free Masons joined forces and built the chapel as well as just about everything else in the world, but in chapter 12 he throws the reader a curve. He has substantial evidence to prove an expedition to America by the St. Clair family, but his information on the Templars, I feel, is hit and miss. If he mentions that the Templars may have had a dark side, one might wonder why he is making a big deal about his family connection. Sort of like writing a book that states how your family was well known for executing hundreds of people during the French Revolution. The Templars deserve a book just about their unusual past, with heavy research into all aspects of their trail through time. Andrew should have stuck to the family, their history, expeditions, rise and fall, and their chapel's unusual connection to history and legend. The work Andrew Sinclair did on that alone made the book. From that point on, I found the narrative disturbing. He brought out information, then let it dangle in the wind. I purchased another book on the Templars to help me unlock their mystery.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.