The Templar Pirates: The Secret Alliance to Build the New Jerusalem

Overview

The maritime history of the Knights Templar following the Church’s attempt to expunge them in southern France

• Shows that the pirates of legend originated with the Knights Templar’s secret navy

• Reveals the Templars’ secret objective to establish a new universal order based on spirituality, wisdom, and individualism—the New Jerusalem

• Examines the secret history of the Templars’ influence in international politics

When the Vatican condemned the Order of the Temple in 1312, ...

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Overview

The maritime history of the Knights Templar following the Church’s attempt to expunge them in southern France

• Shows that the pirates of legend originated with the Knights Templar’s secret navy

• Reveals the Templars’ secret objective to establish a new universal order based on spirituality, wisdom, and individualism—the New Jerusalem

• Examines the secret history of the Templars’ influence in international politics

When the Vatican condemned the Order of the Temple in 1312, many of those who escaped took to the sea. Their immediate objective was to take revenge on the Church. Recent discoveries confirm that ships of the Templar fleet that went missing at La Rochelle later reappeared—first in the Mediterranean and later in the Atlantic and Caribbean—to menace the Church’s maritime commerce. These Templar vessels often flew the famed Jolly Roger, which took its name from King Roger II of Sicily, a famed Templar who, during a public spat with the Pope in 1127, was the first to fly this flag.

Opportunistic buccaneers were quick to see that vast wealth could be gained in pursuing the Templars’ harassment of the Pope’s interests on the high seas, and they spread a reign of terror across the shipping lanes of the New World. Some unaffiliated pirates, in admiration of the Templar egalitarian ideals, even formed their own secret societies, and together with the Templars were part of the ferment that gave rise to independence movements in France and the New World and contributed to the growth of Freemasonry.

The Templar Pirates is the story of the birth and actual conduct of piracy on the seas of the New World and of the influence the Templars had on their constituents, and, by their wealth, on the governments of nations old and new.

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Editorial Reviews

Institute of Hermetic Studies
". . . informative and enjoyable . . . . a good read."
Eva Yaa Asantewaa
". . . author Ernesto Frers takes us into esoteric history that will leave Johnny Depp fans gasping. He tells us that most pirates were either members of the Order of the Temple—that famed nemesis of the Vatican-or formed their own secret societies while taking revenge on ships sponsored by the Vatican and Catholic nations. And there's so much more. A real page-turner!"
Ashe Journal
"Fact, fiction or somewhere in between, Templar Pirates is entertaining to say the least."
Ashé Journal
"Fact, fiction or somewhere in between, Templar Pirates is entertaining to say the least."
Ashé Journal
"Fact, fiction or somewhere in between, Templar Pirates is entertaining to say the least."
July 2007 Institute of Hermetic Studies
". . . informative and enjoyable . . . . a good read."
From the Publisher
". . . author Ernesto Frers takes us into esoteric history that will leave Johnny Depp fans gasping. He tells us that most pirates were either members of the Order of the Temple—that famed nemesis of the Vatican-or formed their own secret societies while taking revenge on ships sponsored by the Vatican and Catholic nations. And there's so much more. A real page-turner!"

". . . informative and enjoyable . . . . a good read."

"Fact, fiction or somewhere in between, Templar Pirates is entertaining to say the least."

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Whoever chose this book as a children's/young adult selection was sadly mistaken. It is a scholarly study of the Catholic Church's historical role in opposing everything that could be interpreted as heretical or anti-Church and how individuals and groups fought back. It is not for children. Even high school students would probably find it hard going. Written in a scholarly style for someone with background knowledge of world geography, Mediterranean history, Church history, and politics, this book also features an index and wonderful contemporary maps and drawings. It is not for the casual reader. It lacks a bibliography and notes. But if one is looking for an authoritative history of the relationship of Templars from the "dawn of piracy" (430 B.C., more or less) through the early 19th-century, then this may be the book to choose. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594771460
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 1/31/2007
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,196,031
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernesto Frers is an author specializing in medieval history who has investigated enigmatic and occult subjects for many years. He has published widely in his field and is also the author of a number of works of fiction. He lives in Spain.

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from Chapter 3—THE TEMPLE AND THE PIRATES

The Secret Presence of the Temple

What role did the Templars play in this great golden age of piracy? Did they infiltrate the ranks of these cruel and vicious pirates and become their leaders? What motives are attributed to them by those who claim there was a close relationship between the Order of the Temple and the most famous bandits of the sea? The answers to these questions must be sought in the distant past, combining certain mysterious connections with historical accounts, seafaring traditions, chronicles, and recently discovered ancient maps and documents.

Christian esotericism, opportunely resurrected by various authors of recent best sellers, revolves around the recurring theme of a possible marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. After the death of Christ, Joseph of Arimathea allegedly took the young widow, who was pregnant, to the region south of Gaul where the Cathars later emerged, supposedly as followers of the true Christianity that had come from the Holy Land. A few centuries after the suppression of the Cathars, this part of southern France was the gathering place of the Huguenots, whose ties with the Templars have been related. It is said that Mary Magdalene gave birth in France to a girl named Sarah, whose descendants constituted a sacred lineage whose members remained in secrecy in their castle in the Languedoc, hiding from the agents of the Vatican who sought to exterminate them.

The lineage of Jesus was joined by marriage to the Merovingian dynasty, which reigned in France between the sixth and eighth centuries. Although their adversaries called them “the long-haired kings,” because they refused to cut their hair for reasons of honor (strangely following the Hebrew tradition of Samson), some chroniclers of the time called them the “thaumaturge [miracle-working] kings,” stating that a few drops of their blood would cure any illness. The Merovingian monarchs descended into fratricidal quarrels, and a dynasty of Frankish stewards took power behind the throne, becoming the new guardians of the Great Secret. One of them, Charles Martel, held off the Muslim invaders in the best style of Templar chivalry at the battle of Poitiers in 721. His grandson was the great emperor Charlemagne, who made a pact with the pope to unite all of Europe under the Carolingian Empire. It is said that in order to get the pope to crown him, Charlemagne promised to turn over the Great Secret to him, but some mysterious knights, precursors of the Priory of Sion, managed to rescue the Secret and hide it in a new, secure place. This tradition appears to have been mixed later on with the Arthurian chronicles, as the Saint Grial, the chalice from the Last Supper sought by Sir Galahad, mutated into Sang Real, meaning “royal blood” in French and pronounced similarly (in fact, Galahad was also the name of an ancient region of the Holy Land).

The Order of the Temple, founded in Jerusalem as the military wing of the Priory of Sion, might have been given the mission to protect ancient testimonies to Jesus’ fatherhood, as well as certain God-given knowledge and sacred relics of great spiritual and material value that the knights guarded jealously. The most probable conclusion of experts in the field is that upon the prohibition of the activities of the Temple in 1307, this Great Secret, along with a good part of the enormous fortune accumulated by the Templars, was taken on board the phantom fleet of La Rochelle and carried to the dominion of the Sinclair clan in Scotland, where a generous refuge was offered to the fugitive knights. It is practically proved that a Sinclair (or Saint Clair), Grand Master of the clandestine Temple, joined the Italian sailors Nicolò and Antonio Zeno, completing a transatlantic voyage at the end of the fourteenth century that brought them to the coast of North America. They buried the treasure of the Great Secret in a pit on Oak Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia.

An old marine chronicle claims that when Captain Kidd captured the ship Quedah Merchant (which became his flagship) off India’s Malabar coast in 1698, he received an ancient map from a mysterious passenger, showing the location of a small island with a Templar cross drawn on its interior. The possessor of this document assured Kidd that the cross marked the secret treasure trove of the Templars. From then on, all sufficiently knowledgeable corsairs began searching for “Captain Kidd’s treasure,” beginning with Kidd himself (the story found a literary variation in Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel Treasure Island).

The Order of the Temple, which sometimes acted under the guise of Freemasonry, was the primary party interested in acquiring this map, in order to avoid letting the sacred relics fall into strange hands. Through mediators, the Order paid astronomical sums to hire the greatest pirate captains, some of whom had Freemason ancestors or belonged directly to this secret society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Order of the Temple and Piracy

Part 1
BANDITS AND KNIGHTS

1 The Dawn of Piracy
Imaginary Corsairs
Ancient Precursors
Boardings in the Aegean Sea
The Irony of Pompeius
The Vikings are Coming!
The Normans Who Founded Russia
The Normans in Europe

2 The Mystery of the Order of the Temple
The Temple According to History
The Templars’ Rise to Power
Persecution and Dispersion of the Order
The Lost Fleet of La Rochelle

Part 2
THE GOLDEN AGE OF PIRACY

3 The Temple and the Pirates
Pirates in the Mediterranean
The Thwarted Revenge of the Temple
Moors on the Coast
American Booty
The French Buccaneers
Huguenots and Templars
The Corsairs of the English Empire
Francis Drake, the Queen’s Corsair
Henry Morgan, the Invincible Pirate
William Kidd, the Scourge of the Indies
The Terrible Edward Teach, or “Blackbeard”
Bartholomew Roberts, the Fortunate
“Calico Jack” and the Pirate Women
The Secret Presence of the Temple
The Templar Son of the Virgin Queen

4 The British Empire and the Privateers
The Vilification of the Corsairs
Sir Walter Raleigh and the Treasure of El Dorado
His Majesty’s Informers
Under the Veil of the Royal Society

Part 3
THE ORDER OF THE TEMPLE AND FREEMASONRY

5 The Secret Lodge of the Stoneworkers
The Era of the Cathedrals
The Mythical Origins of Freemasonry
The British Connection
The Remarkable Rosslyn Chapel
The Illustrious Invisible College
Butting Heads with the Church

Part 4
THE TEMPLARS IN AMERICA

6 Voyages of Antiquity
The Megalithic Navigators
Solomon and the Phoenician Mariners
A Well-Known New World
The Route of the Codfish

7 The Templars’ Transatlantic Voyage
The Secret of Oak Island
“Zeno’s Narrative”
A Well-Hidden Treasure

8 The Mystery of Christopher Columbus
Kings and Navigators
A Happy Marriage
A Time of Setbacks
Columbus and the Promised Land
The Queen’s Jewels
The Return of the Templars

9 In Search of New Arcadia
The Templar Port
The Voyage to Arcadia
Death in the Caribbean
The Signs of the Temple

10 Arcadia in Canada
The Navigators of the Order of Malta
The Knights of the Most Holy Sacrament
Mary Magdalene and the Black Virgin

11 Pirates and Freemasons in American Independence
A Free Land for the “New Jerusalem”
Freemasonry and the Thirteen Colonies
The Privateers and the Revolution
The Liberators and the Masonic Lodges
Lafayette: Hero of Two Revolutions
Masons and Revolutionaries in South America
The Mysterious Retreat of Freemasonry
Freemasonry versus Slavery

Conclusion

Index

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