A captivating look into the society of the Knights Templar
Brought to you by the author of Freemasons For Dummies, The Templar Code is more than an intriguing cipher or a mysterious symbol – it is 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. 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. This intriguing guide will cover such topics as who the Knights Templar were, how they rose so high and fell so far, and most importantly why there is so much interest in them today. The Templar Code For Dummies will explore myths and theories of Christian history that appear in the Da Vinci Code such as the quest for the Holy Grail, the Catholic Church's relationship with women that are hotly debated now with special emphasis on the Templar connection. It also explores the surprising part the Templars have played in some of the most important historic events of these past seven centuries, including the French Revolution, the birth of groups such as the Freemasons, and even the American Civil War.
About the Author
Alice Von Kannon is a historian and writer, who has worked for many years in the advertising and commercial production business.
Table of ContentsIntroduction.
Part I: The Knights Templar and the Crusades.
Chapter 1. Defining the Templar Code.
Chapter 2. A Crash Course in Crusading.
Chapter 3. The Rise of the Knights Templar.
Part II: A Different Kind of Knighthood.
Chapter 4. Living in a Templar World.
Chapter 5. The Poor Knights Crash and Burn: The Fall of the Templars.
Chapter 6. Cold Case Files: The Evidence against the Templars.
Part III: After the Fall of the Templars.
Chapter 7. Templars Survive in Legend and in Fact.
Chapter 8. "Born in Blood": Freemasonry and the templars.
Chapter 9. Modern-Day Templars.
Part IV: Templars and the Grail.
Chapter 10. The Templars and the Quest for the Holy Grail.
Chapter 11. The 21st Century Dawns with a New Grail Myth.
Part V: Squaring Off: The Church versus the Gospel According to Dan Brown.
Chapter 12. Templars and The Da Vinci Code.
Chapter 13. The Suppression of the "Feminine Divine": Truth or Feminist Fiction?
Chapter 14. Getting Our Acts Together: Constantine and the Council of Nicaea.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15. Ten Candidates for the Site of the Holy Grail.
Chapter 16. Ten Absolutely Must-See Templar Sites.
Chapter 17. Ten Places That May Be Hiding the Templar Treasure.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Don't let the 'Code' business fool you, or the Dummies name, for that matter. This is a smart, fast-paced, well-rounded introduction to the history, myths and legends of the Knights Templar. Entertaining, but ingeniously thorough, it breaks down the Templar story into digestible chunks. There's a thumbnail sketch of the Crusades themselves, then a detailed account of the formation of the Templar order. The authors explore the fall of the Templars with a 'Cold Case Files' approach that peels apart the accusations of the French King Philippe IV, his oafish tool Pope Clement V, and the moving of the Vatican to Avignon. They then pick through the bones of the many legends of the Templars, their treasure, their supposed flight to Scotland and God knows where else. The book is unique and unlike any other I've ever read because it also covers the Freemasons' legends that they were descended from the Templars, along with many other groups that claim to be the modern incarnation of the order. The Templars were closely tied to myths of the Holy Grail as well, and this book explores the Grail legends, which makes a nice segue to the treatment of the Order in 'The Da Vinci Code.' If Dan Brown's book is where you first learned of the Grail and the Templars, this book goes into detail about what Dan Brown took from history and what he made up. In a way the book has a certain schizophrenia. Da Vinci Code fever has been gone for a year, so the last 20% or so of this book misses the boat - unless you didn't know any of the history Brown plundered. Then, it's an eye opener. But it is unquestionably one of the best, concise works introducing the Knights of the Temple that is both intelligent and great fun to read.
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