The Templars Secret Island: The Knights, the Priest and the Treasureby Erling Haagensen, Henry Lincoln
The Templars' Secret Island describes the intriguing links between mediaeval Scandinavia, France and Jerusalem. How men of influence such as Bernard of Claircaux, the Templar Grand Maser Bertrand de Blanchefort and a Danish bishop all worked together in the twelfth century to preserve a fantastic secret. The trail has spanned Europe and has led as far as/i>
The Templars' Secret Island describes the intriguing links between mediaeval Scandinavia, France and Jerusalem. How men of influence such as Bernard of Claircaux, the Templar Grand Maser Bertrand de Blanchefort and a Danish bishop all worked together in the twelfth century to preserve a fantastic secret. The trail has spanned Europe and has led as far as ancient Palestine. A further twist came when the authors found that in 1911 a forgotten Swedish-led expedition had burrowed beneath the City of David, echoing the activities of the fables Knights Templar, almost eight hundred years earlier. What that expedition unearthed forms a bridge to the island two thousand miles away.
The Bornholm churches also show a brilliant approach to one of the great - and still unsolved - mathematical puzzles of antiquity, which has taxed the ingenuity of scholars such as Descartes through the centuries.
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This book contains some excellent research and factual conclusions about the Knight Templars not previously published. I recommend it!
I took great pleasure in the theories presented in this book. Having visited the Churches described, enhanced my curiosity for the real purpose for their existence. The question of why these medieval churches were built and their connection to the Knights Templar have challenged scientific findings. Why had 4 churches been built on this little island so thoughtfully connected to one another? I love a mystery and the possibility of treasure made this book a great read. We may never know the truth but we can live the adventure through this book. Let¿s hope the authors discover more thought provoking evidence and share it with us.
The author presents some very interesting history regarding the Knights Templar, linking them to his home of Bornholm Island. He also seems to be a Geometry fanatic who believes he has discovered that the Knights left a secret 'geometry teaching aid' in the arrangement of churches on the Island, and that he has finally found the key to that secret. A strange and complex treatise which may have suffered in its translation from Danish to English.
I found this book interesting for many reasons. First of all, I am in the construction industry. If you believe the author's hypothesis about the positioning of the many churches being done for a particular reason, then I can tell you that even using modern methods this would be a monumental task. Second, I am an active Freemason. I am also a Knight Templar. I was glad to see that the authors did not engage in the 'secret society' hysteria which often grips authors of this type of book. I would call their portrayal very fair. The 'Proofs' section was possibly a little too complex for the average reader. However, all things considered, I would have to agree that it was a very fascinating read.
The authors provide what appears to be an undeniable existence of a 'master plan' for construction of churches on a small Danish island. They also provide some pleasing insight to the relationship of basic units of (length) measure between Imperial, Jewish and Pharaohnic 'standards.' However, there is also a lot of supposition between seemingly related events, which they are at once ready to acknowledge as just that; pure supposition. Later in the book, these suppositions are then gratuitously taken as some sort of gospel on which to base their point. There are also many instances where, having explained why the metric system is slightly 'off' and we can therefore allow a little fudging of numbers, they then turn about and use other metric measurements as 'exact' and claim precision of an observed measurement. Inconsistency in the extreme! What is the point? Basically, they purport that this little island, with its complex geometry of church sites (and I'll grant that they have proven this), was a 'record in stone' on how to perform some of the more complex geometric calculations. I do not acknowledge the second part of that claim. For example, the authors claim it is impossible to draw a heptagram (7-pointed star) inside a circle. In fact, your neighborhood master carpenter or mason can show you how to do this. Any circle can be inscribed with terminus points for regular polygons of any number of sides/points, provided you have a large enough compass and paper to accommodate your chosen length of the polygons' sides. They also claim it is impossible to trisect an angle using only compass and unmarked straight edge. Thus far, no one has proved this claim to be wrong. But the emphasis the authors make here is in the effort to draw a 1 degree angle (by trisecting a 3 degree angle). Allowing their observation about trisecting to be correct, they are still missing the boat here. Just as a heptagram can be inscribed in a circle, so can a polygon with 360 points. In fact, for a 1 degree angle, it is only necessary to draw 2 of those points on the circumference and then connect each to the focus. Voila! An angle of 1 degree... If the island is a 'repository' of ancient knowledge, bent on preserving this (admittedly important) knowledge, I can only conclude the following: 1) The authors either didn't learn basic geometry in their schools when growing up, or else they've forgotten it. 2) The authors haven't done their research in this particular area, as claiming (repeatedly) that it is 'impossible' does not obviate the fact that people do it all the time and have been for millennia. 3) The 'knowledge' encapsulated in this island's geometry is so tediously complex to try to draw a 1 degree angle that I hereby christen it 'The Rube Goldberg Method of Drawing a One Degree Angle.' Summation: A good read. Really. If you're interested in history and how one ancient culture shares seemingly unknown ties to others. There is certainly some surprise that this little island is, and I fully agree with this premise, carefully laid out according to some complex geometric plan. The explanation of why the Imperial measuring system is the way it is, is also insightful (I already knew this, but most people don't, and it's good education as to why the US and UK should stick with it and not adopt the metric system). If, however, you are looking for the treasure of the Templars, or want one of those 'mystic' books that leaves you feeling all eerie afterwards, then you'll be sorely disappointed. Use the book for educational purposes and a genuine surprise about the island, but don't put much stock in getting anything enlightening about the Templars out of this one...