The Templar Code For Dummies

The Templar Code For Dummies

The Templar Code For Dummies

The Templar Code For Dummies


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A captivating look into the medieval (and modern day) society of the Knights Templar

The Templar Code is more than an intriguing cipher or a mysterious symbol – it's the Code by which the Knights Templar lived and died, the Code that bound them together in secrecy, and the Code that inspired them to nearly superhuman feats of courage and endurance. If you know a little or a lot about the Templars, read The Da Vinci Code (or saw the movie), or are a Catholic wanting to know the church's official stance on the Templars, you're in the right place.

The Templar Code For Dummies reveals the meaning behind the cryptic codes and secret rituals of the medieval brotherhood of warrior monks known as the Knights Templar. With this comprehensive and user-friendly guide, you'll learn:

  • What part the Knights Templar played in the Crusades
  • How the Order started as protectors of pilgrims
  • The myths of the Holy Grail, and how they're connected to the Knights Templar
  • How the Knights Templar rose so high and fell so far
  • How the fraternity of the Freemasons' modern Order of Knights Templar figures in
  • Why the Catholic Church didn’t like Dan Brown's version of the Templar story
  • The Catholic Church's relationship with women and the connection with the Knights
  • Why the Knights Templar still captures our imagination today
  • Whether the Knights had a real part to play in historic events such as the French Revolution and the American Civil War

You can learn about all of that and so much more, including sites where the Holy Grail might actually be, what you can’t miss if you’re sightseeing in Templar territory, and potential hiding places of Templar treasures. Get your copy of The Templar Code For Dummies to learn more about the fascinating history of this intriguing group of knights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470127650
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/25/2007
Series: For Dummies Books
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.42(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Christopher Hodapp is a Freemason who has traveled extensively reporting on the Masonic practices in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and elsewhere.

Alice Von Kannon is a historian and writer, who has worked for many years in the advertising and commercial production business.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 3

Conventions Used in This Book 4

What You’re Not to Read 5

Foolish Assumptions 5

How This Book Is Organized 6

Part I: The Knights Templar and the Crusades 6

Part II: A Different Kind of Knighthood 6

Part III: After the Fall of the Templars 6

Part IV: Templars and the Grail 7

Part V: Squaring Off: The Church versus the Gospel According to Dan Brown 7

Part VI: The Part of Tens 8

Icons Used in This Book 8

Where to Go from Here 9

Part I: The Knights Templar and the Crusades 11

Chapter 1: Defining the Templar Code 13

Knights, Grails, Codes, Leonardo da Vinci, and How They All Collide 14

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon 16

Defining knighthood 17

Defining monasticism 19

Warrior Monks: Their Purpose 20

A vow of nine crusader knights 21

Don’t leave home without it: The Templars’ role as international bankers 22

Builders 24

Templars in Battle 24

Betrayed, Excommunicated, and Hunted 25

So where’d everybody go? 26

The riddle of Templar symbols 26

Templars in the 21st Century 28

Templars and the Grail quest 28

Templars and the fringe 28

Chapter 2: A Crash Course in Crusading 31

Getting a Handle on the Crusades 32

A Snapshot of the 11th Century 33

Fealty, fiefs, and feudalism 33

Pilgrimage 34

Y1K: The end of days 36

The Spanish ulcer 37

The dilemma of the second son 39

Piracy and trade 40

The First Crusade: A Cry for Help, a Call to Arms 40

Meet the Byzantines 40

Go East, young man! 41

Peter the Hermit 43

Get out the beer, we’re here! 44

Forward ho! 45

The massacre of Jerusalem 46

The founding of Outremer 48

Let’s Give It Another Shot: The Second Crusade 49

A dynamic new Muslim force 51

Jerusalem falls 52

The Third Crusade 52

The celebrity crusade 54

Richard and Saladin 54

The Final Curtain 55

The Fourth Crusade 55

The Fifth Crusade 56

The Sixth Crusade 56

The Seventh Crusade 56

Chapter 3: The Rise of the Knights Templar 59

The Perils of Pilgrimage 60

Why bother? 61

St Helena discovers it all 62

Medieval muggers 63

Where’d everybody go? 65

A New Knighthood 67

“The Poor Knights of Christ” 67

The Knights Templar 68

Keeping their oath 71

A Simple Mission Creates a Powerful Institution 71

Digging in the temple 71

A windfall of money and power 72

Bernard of Clairvaux 73

The Council of Troyes 74

Opposition to the Templars 75

The Explosion of the Order 76

New gifts 77

Eyes of the pope 77

International Bankers 78

Check, please 79

Building boom 80

Imitation, the Sincerest Form of Flattery 80

The Knights Hospitaller 81

The Teutonic Knights 82

Livonian Brothers of the Sword 83

Up Where the Air Is Thin: The Templars Reach Their Zenith 83

Part II: A Different Kind of Knighthood 85

Chapter 4: Living in a Templar World 87

A Standard Unlike Any Other 87

The Templar Rule 88

Warriors and monks 90

Templar do’s and don’ts 90

A Templar day planner 91

No women allowed 93

The pride and the power 93

Punishment and penance 94

Who’s in Charge around Here? 94

Grand Master 95

Master and Commander 95

Seneschal 95

Turcopolier 96

Marshal 96

Under-Marshal 96

Standard Bearer 96

Knight 96

Sergeant 97

Treasurer 97

Draper 97

Squires 97

Lay Servants 97

Chaplain brothers 98

The Templar Commandery: Medieval Fortress and City 98

City within a city 98

The signature round churches 98

Symbols of the Templars 100

The red cross 100

The Beauséant 102

Skull and crossbones 103

Chapter 5: The Poor Knights Crash and Burn: The Fall of the Templars 105

The Seeds of the Fall in the Nature of the Order 106

A little independence goes a long way 107

Money: The root of all evil 108

Huge tracts of land 109

Cracks in the Armor 110

Getting a little too chummy with the heretics 111

Templar bashing: The latest game from the Holy Land 113

Playing politics 114

A new and deadly enemy: Saladin 115

The Treacherous Kingdom of Jerusalem 119

Ethics by Borgia, politics by Shakespeare 119

The horns of Hattin 121

The final curtain 123

The last Crusader 124

Dark Clouds Converge over France 125

King Phillip “The Fair” 125

Pope Clement V 127

The setup 128

October 1307: An unlucky Friday the 13th 129

The Accusations 130

The Confessions 130

The End 131

Chapter 6: Cold Case Files: The Evidence against the Templars 133

The Chief Accuser 134

Opening Move: An Illegal Arrest 136

The Charge Sheet 138

The caliber of the witnesses 141

Dangerous foreign entanglements 141

Blowing Away the Charges, One by One 142

Desecrating the cross 142

Denying the sacrament of the Mass 143

Sodomy 144

Embezzlement 145

Baphomet 146

Heads up: So what was it? 148

The Pope Knuckles Under 149

Secretly Absolved 151

Part III: After the Fall of the Templars 153

Chapter 7: Templars Survive in Legend and in Fact 155

The Templar Fleet 156

Sailing up the Seine 156

La Rochelle 156

So where’d they go? 157

Talking Treasure 157

Cold, hard cash 158

Treasure more mystical than cash? 159

The Scottish Legends 160

Battle of Bannockburn 161

Rosslyn Chapel 162

Templars Part Deux: Return of the Living Knights 166

Portugal and the Order of Christ 166

Spain and the Order of Montesa 167

The Hospitallers 167

Switzerland 168

The Greatest Templar Myths 169

Templars possessed the Ark of the Covenant 169

A Templar connection to the Shroud of Turin 170

Templars discover America! 171

The Templars Survived! 176

The Larmenius Charter 176

The Priory of Sion 179

Rex Deus 179

Templars spawn the modern-day conspiracy theory 180

Chapter 8: “Born in Blood”: Freemasonry and the Templars 183

The Masonic Fraternity: Who Freemasons Are and What They Believe 184

A quick tour of Masonic history 186

The brotherhood code of the lodge 188

Identifying the Possible Templar Origins of Freemasonry 189

Rosslyn Chapel and the Masons 191

The Templars’ sacred subcontractors 194

The Masonic Knights Templar and Where They Came From 195

Chevalier Ramsay begins a knightly legend 196

Freemasonry’s mysterious “Unknown Superiors” 197

Templarism in the American colonies 198

Templar drill teams: The origins of Masonic Knights Templar military costumes 198

Skulls and crossbones! 199

The Templars’ place within Freemasonry 200

Chapter 9: Modern-Day Templars 203

Modern Templar Orders 204

Order Militia Crucifera Evangelica 204

Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani 206

Ordo Novi Templi 207

Ordo Militia Templi 209

Chivalric Martinist Order 209

Order of the Solar Temple 209

Ordo Templi Orientis 213

Knights But Not Templars 213

Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem 213

Order of the Grail 214

Sovereign Military Order of Malta 214

Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem 216

Deutscher Orden (Teutonic Knights) 217

Order of Christ 217

Teetotaling Templars of Temperance 218

Templars of Honor and Temperance 218

International Order of Good Templars 218

Part IV: Templars and the Grail 221

Chapter 10: The Templars and the Quest for the Holy Grail 223

The Holy Grail: A Ten-Century Quest 224

The Quest Begins 225

Chrétien de Troyes 225

Robert de Boron: The Grail becomes holy 228

Perlesvaus 228

Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival 229

The rest of the story 229

The Templars and the Grail 230

The Real Grail? 231

Chapter 11: The 21st Century Dawns with a New Grail Myth 233

Holy Couple: The Search for the Bloodline of Christ 234

The biblical account of Mary Magdalene 234

The legend 235

Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Legend Rediscovered 235

The Priory of Sion 237

Rennes-le-Château 238

The peculiar Pierre Plantard 241

The priory exposed 243

Was any of it real? 244

Part V: Squaring Off: The Church versus the Gospel According to Dan Brown 245

Chapter 12: Templars and The Da Vinci Code 247

The Secret Societies of Dan Brown 248

The Da Vinci Code’s “facts” of the Priory of Sion 249

The “Da Vinci” Templars 252

Opus Dei 254

Leonardo da Vinci and His Last Supper 256

John or Mary? 257

The “missing” Grail found 258

Chapter 13: The Suppression of the “Feminine Divine”: Truth or Feminist Fiction? 261

Defining Divine Femininity 262

The “lost bride” 263

The mysterious Magdalene 265

Mary’s Marriage: Pros and Cons 272

Pros 273

Cons 275

Goddess Worship and the Sacred Feminine: Do We Really Want It Back Again? 279

The women who worshipped goddesses 279

The women who worshipped the male God of Israel 282

The Catholic Church’s Relationship with Women 288

The real burr in the saddle 289

Victorianism 290

Facing the future 290

Chapter 14: Getting Our Acts Together: Constantine and the Council of Nicaea 291

Fiction, History, and the Early Church 292

Early Christianity: A secret society 292

Dan Brown’s version: Teabing does the talking 294

What Boring Old History Books Say 295

The Christian conversion of Constantine 295

The real Council of Nicaea and what happened there 297

“Closing the Canon”: Determining the books of the Bible 300

Conflict over celibacy 303

Part VI: The Part of Tens 309

Chapter 15: Ten Candidates for the Site of the Holy Grail 311

Glastonbury Tor, England 311

Hawkstone Park (Shropshire, England) 312

Takt-i-Taqdis, Iran 313

The Santo Caliz (Valencia, Spain) 314

Sacro Catino (Genoa, Italy) 314

Rosslyn Chapel (Roslin, Scotland) 315

Wewelsburg Castle (Buren, Germany) 315

Montségur, France 317

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City) 318

Castle Stalker (Argyll, Scotland) 318

Chapter 16: Ten Absolutely Must-See Templar Sites 321

Where It All Began: Temple Mount (Jerusalem, Israel) 322

Temple Church (London, England) 323

Royston Cave (Hertfordshire, England) 325

Rosslyn Chapel (Roslin, Scotland) 325

Kilmartin Church (Argyll, Scotland) 326

Chinon Castle (Chinon, France) 327

Templar Villages (Aveyron, France) 328

Tomar Castle (Tomar, Portugal) 329

Domus Templi — The Spanish Route of the Templars (Aragon, Spain) 330

Where It Ended: Îsle de la Cité (Paris, France) 331

Chapter 17: Ten Places That May Be Hiding the Templar Treasure 333

Rosslyn Chapel (Roslin, Scotland) 333

Oak Island Money Pit (Nova Scotia, Canada) 334

Temple Bruer (Lincolnshire, England) 334

Hertfordshire, England 335

Bornholm Island, Denmark 336

Rennes-le-Château, France 336

Château de Gisors (Normandy, France) 337

Switzerland 338

Trinity Church (New York City) 338

Washington D.C.’s Rosslyn Chapel 339

Index 341

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