by Cockney Robin | The best novel--bar none--about the Knights Templar is Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum. [Damozel reviewed it here. She also made me read it---as in 'nagged me all the hours there were till it was easier to read it than to listen to her nag me to read it'. The characters in the novel feed the fundamental axiom 'The Templars have something to do with everything' into a computer program they are building that is designed to tie up every loose end and all esoteric knowledge in history, and answer every question... As Damozel says:
In addition to everything else, it's a book about The Da Vinci Code, or its theoretical underpinnings, even though it was written long before it.
It is a mine of information you probably did not know. But it is also a novel.[Just Eat the Damn Peach'
Anyway, that's how I got quite interested for awhile in the Templar history. That line---'everything has something to do with the Templars'--- is our private signification for a certain type of conspiracy theorist: the Masons-Templar connection/Priory of Scion/True-Descendants-of-the-Lost-Merovingian- Kings sort. It's a whole weaving-together-the-loose-threads-to-tie-them-all-together view of history.
And for that we love them, bless their little cotton socks. Who knows: it might even be the authentic tale of the losers who didn't write the history books because they were hiding underground, as Damozel is always saying. I mean, what is history anyway? Prior to the 19th Century, it's mainly the collected gossip of witnesses, isn't it?
So huzzah for the modern pretenders to the Templars' lost heritage!
Damozel told me back when we were having our discussion that the youth
group for the Masonic Lodge in her South Carolina childhood home was called 'DeMolay.' As in Jacques, the last Grand Master of the Templars. And that was many years before The Da Vinci Code or even The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail [the nonfiction book which the authors believed had been plundered by Dan Brown to create its underpinnings.]
Memeorandum has even more here.