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Mystery of the Knights Templar

  The Mystery
of the Knights Templar

Templar symbol

Templar Knights
 

It is the year 1112. A small group of knights form the new order "Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani", better known as the Knights Templar. They vowed poverty and their seal, showing two knights sharing one horse, is still recognizable today as the Templar symbol. In spite of their vows, the Templars became very powerful in a very short period of time. Because of their charismatic essence, many rich, high born lords joined them and since they had to give up all their possessions to the order, the "Order of the Knights Templar" became very rich. It is also said, that these 9 knights were originally 9 descendants of the Royal House of Judah, also known as the 9 ringlords, which fled to other countries such as Turkey, France, Malta and Cyprus in the 1st century AD.
 

This would have given them the blessings of the pope, which even went very far. They didn't have to pay taxes to the church of Rome and had carte blanche. Over the decades, the wealth and power of the order grew and grew. They were the founders of the largest banking system the world had ever seen. They built strongholds on strategic places and trade routes and levied heavy taxes on those who wanted to pass, or wanted their protection. Their financial and military independence made them feared by kings and popes. They obeyed no one. The fact that the king of France had a large debt with them, was the drop that made the bucket flow and this turned the fate of the order. But this doesn't conclude their story.

Many legends circle around their history. Why did the 9 lords form the Templar Order? Why did the crusaders take Jerusalem in the early 12th century, suddenly, after over a thousand years? Hughes de Payens and his eight friends vowed in the presence of the Patriarch of Jerusalem, to defend the christians and the christian kingdom, which was governed from Jerusalem. In the footsteps of Salomon and Jesus a new king was chosen. For the first time in a thousand years, the Knights Templar came very close to the secret vaults beneath the Templar mount. The Knights Templar were Cistercians, and were protected by Cistercian father Bernard of Clairvaux. He believed that the Ark of the Covenant was still underneath the Temple mount. On his advice, the knights secretly dug their way into the vaults. During their stay in the Middle East, the Templars were introduced to knowledge and wisdom of the Orient. 

Templar Order

The knowledge of the stars, medicine, architecture, but they also learnt the true history of the first century. Many of these things were kept a secret and slowly but surely the Templars turned against the roman catholic church and their dogmas. Their dream was to form their own state in the Languedoc, because here in the Languedoc they found relative safety for all, who had a different lifestyle or religion.
 

The Mystery of the Knights Templar

With the growth of the Templar Order, many of the largest cathedrals of Europe were built. They introduced the gothic style, gothic meaning secret, not Visigoth. The Freemasons were formed to protect the newly found wisdom and knowledge of number, measure and weight. In the same period, the King Arthur stories and Holy Grail legends came into existence and the Troubadours invented courtly love. Many relics were kept in churches and cathedrals to attract pilgrims. To ensure a strong opposition against the Cathars and other non-catholic religions, the catholic christianity was promoted by creating the stories around the Holy Grail and the (fake or real) relics to act as "solid" proof of the catholic dogma. When this didn't work, the church decided to show their teeth and claws. It was Bernard of Clairvaux who came to warn the Cathars of the Languedoc, that the roman catholic church was considering a crusade to urge them to become catholics. Unfortunately, without success.
 
 
The pope called upon a new crusade, this time not to fight the Muslims, but to fight the Cathars and their protectors of the Languedoc. The king of France wasn't very keen on the crusade, but the pope demanded his assistance in the matter. The first crusade to the Languedoc, for the greater part led by Simon de Montfort, failed. The Languedoc was reconquered and for a short time, the Cathar population was relatively safe. Then a second crusade was organized by the pope under a new king of France. However, this second royal crusade wasn't only about a new attempt to crush the Cathar belief system. It was also about conquering the Languedoc for the French crown and to get the possessions and goldmines of the Knights Templar and the lands of the feudal Lords of the Languedoc. In 1244, the year that Montsegur fell, Jerusalem was recaptured by the Muslims and Rome was angry. This time the Languedoc was taken and added to the French crown. In the fifty years that followed, there was still a hunt for the remaining Cathars who were, once they were found, burned at the stake.

the Crusaders

In 1307, since there was no more need for them, also the Templars were arrested and accused of heresy, because this was the only way to get hold of their possessions. Many Knights Templar were banished, some were tortured to speak evidence of their uncatholic practices which would prove their heresy. Their leaders were even publicly burned at the stake. We still remember Friday 13th 1307, the day of the arrest, because we still see Friday 13th as a day of bad luck. Officially, the Order was liquidated and their possessions were handed over to the Knights of St. John, better known as the Knights Hospitaler. However, their possessions, nor their treasures or relics, were ever found, except for a few items. While the order was still alive in Portugal under the new name of Knights of Christ, they were still able to exist under their old name in Scotland. Even today, the symbolism of St. Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland is a puzzle to many scholars.
 
The Templars managed to ship much of their possessions from France to Nova Scotia (New Scotland) where, according to legend, much of their treasure is still hidden. Parts of their treasure however were hastily hidden in caves all over the Languedoc, waiting to be discovered by a modern day Indiana Jones. Like the Cathars, there are still Templar groups today, active in the positive elements of civilization, such as chivalry, virtue and the study of philosophy.

Parts of their legacy is found among the Freemasons. Apart from the true Neo-Templars, some modern day Neo-Templar groups are just air. Many years ago, another one was even very evil. In the Second World War, Himmler formed a Nazi Neo-Templar group, which did dark deeds. This may have been the background for Tolkiens "Lord of the Rings", a brilliant and recently filmed trilogy, which was written in 1954 and 1955. Power in the hands of humans isn't always safe.... But we still don't know whether the old Knights Templar ever found the Ark of the Covenant. We can only speculate that they followed its trail to Ethiopia and brought back the Ark along with other objects from Jerusalem to France under the protection of Bernard of Clairvaux. Documents may substantiate this theory, as do traces in the French landscape. While many Templar Knights were only strong men with swords, the elite top of the order had possession of knowledge and great wealth. It is this small group of Grandmasters and noblemen, that would influence the world and its society for another thousand years, shaping legends and tales of courage, but most of all, of mystery...

The Mystery of the Languedoc

You are now entering an unknown world. A particular land, which has its own unique place in history. A history which has not yet been uncovered. Legends roam the realm of Oc. Archeologists and historians are unable to prove that the legends are just mere legends. The earth of the Languedoc was sacred to the Celts. Many stone circles and dolmen are quiet witnesses of their respect for the land. Some areas are called "Val de Dieu" or "Terre de Dieu<" (valley or land of God).

Today, scholars speculate on the presence of Egyptian culture in the Languedoc in Celtic times, well over 3000 years ago. The Languedoc was also discovered by Greeks and Phoenicians who were always looking for a new place to colonize. In their footsteps came the Romans, who founded Narbonne and are responsible for the first hardened road of Gaul. From turbulent Palestine, more and more Jews sought refuge in the Languedoc, founded a colony here and introduced the vine culture. In the Languedoc everyone was relatively safe and life was good.

In the mean time, old religions like the Sol-Invictus or Sulis-Minerva and Isis/Artemis cults were very popular. The name Gaul refers to the cock, a symbol of the sun as it greets the sun every morning. The esoteric knowledge and wisdom which was given by the ancients to the Egyptians and then to the Jewish people was kept safe here. Even today, archeologists unearth ancient suntemples. Even the Knights Templar were involved in the suncult. Two Lords of Carcassonne from the Trencavel Family had the middle name "Aton", an Egyptian diety from the 18th Dynasty of Achnaton, the Pharao of the Sun. In this fascinating period in history, many aspects of the Jews originated, such as the Ten Commandments, the Ark of the Covenant and the reunion of their faith in only one God. Mozes had learned much of this ancient knowledge, when he was still living at the Egyptian royal court. This knowledge would give him and Aaron, who was the High Priest of Heliopolis at the time, the strength and power which was needed to materialize the Exodus.

The Mystery of the Knights Templar

So, when the Crusaders conquered Jerusalem in the 12th century, the new order of the Knights Templar searched the Temple mount and found relics, treasures and knowledge of the old kings of Juda. From that moment on a new era of cathedral building and architecture was introduced: the Gothic style. Many strange constructions were copies of star systems or pentagrams. This, however, was also done in a more ancient period of human history, for instance at Giza and Ankhor. The Knights Templar discovered ancient sea routes, which enabled them to discover new territory, among which Nova Scotia (New Scotland), centuries before Columbus is known to discover America. And even he sailed with the red Templar cross on his sail.
 
They were clearly in the possession of important knowledge from the ancients, from civilizations which existed before the last ice-age and flourished, as Graham Hancock has been able to show in his impressive research of the Lost Civilizations. The Templars found the knowledge of measure, weight and number, of orientation points all over the world, of the stars and of the true history of the first century. The history which was kept a secret by the roman catholic church. The real story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

And thus the Knights Templar became a threat to the roman catholic church.

In medieval Languedoc, one of the richest countries in Europe and also one of the safest, the kings of the Visigoths and Merovingians ruled the land. They were in legend the Grail kings. Tales about King Arthur spread quickly and the Troubadours sang of courtly love. Chivalry was invented. But this wonderful era would not last long.
 
 
The Knights Templar, who were very rich, wanted to live here in the Languedoc. This would have become their home base, free from the rule by kings or popes. They obeyed no one. Both king and pope would not tolerate this any longer. On Friday 13th 1307 the Templars were arrested and the Order liquidated. Their leaders were even burned at the stake. The only place left for the Templars to exist was Scotland, while in other countries the Order simply changed its name, e.g. in the Knights of Christ in Portugal. Many of their possessions were hidden in caves, sealed church vaults or shipped to Nova Scotia in their last hours before the arrest. Only one man was perhaps able to find at least a small part of their treasure. This man is the charismatic abbot Saunière of Rennes-le-Chateau, who suddenly became very rich at the end of the 19th century, after he had opened the vaults beneath the village church of La Madeleine (Mary Magdalene) in order to restore the church. No one knows exactly what he really found.

The Holy Grail
 
Another theory tells of documents and the story of Mary Magdalene, who came to the Languedoc in the 1st century AD (44 or 45 AD). She may have taken with her several items, on which the world still speculates today. Was it the Holy Grail, ancient knowledge, a green stone cup (jade?), the children of Jesus (the Grail bloodline) or all of this? We may never find out exactly.

Other religious groups which were not tolerated in the rest of Europe, like the Cathars, flourished in the Languedoc. They did not believe that Jesus died on the cross, did not need a church and certainly no dogma. This was the cause of their dreadful fate, because it lead to one of the bloodiest episodes in history. Apart from the crusades to the Holy Land, there was another crusade, the Albigenzian crusade. Peaceful, loving and hardworking people who merely had a different faith, were tortured and burned alive. To be absolutely sure that no Cathar would escape the flames, the Dominican Order and the pope created an institution to cause so much fear, that people would betray their own parents or neighbours. The Holy Inquisition. However, not all Cathars were killed. Many fled to the mountains, e.g. the Montagne Noire and went underground. Catharism became an underground movement. Did these people possess holy relics, the knowledge of the Magdala, did they protect the Grail bloodline? And how can we trace all this in modern day Languedoc?
 

The Mystery of the Knights Templar

Cathar castles are all over the land. Holy water places and other sanctuaries remind us of Artemis, Isis and the Magdala (or Black Madonna). Esotheric orders such as the Freemasons and Rosicrucians leave mysterious symbols in churches and on gravestones. Medieval painters include secret codes in their paintings which are only visible to the initiated (solis sacerdotibus). A parchment arrives in Paris which proves that Jesus was still alive in 45 AD. And it vanished without a trace...
 
Many books are written about the Enigma of Rennes-le-Chateau in which authors speculate on Templar gold, the true story of the 1st century, a tomb in which the remains of Jesus rest, and little by little we discover pieces of the puzzle hidden by the church of Rome. The image which is now becoming clearer everyday, reveals that the legends are no legends at all. They are hidden pieces of true history. The mysterious history of the Languedoc.

Copyright Anneke Koremans (www.panoccitania.com).

 
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