Two Templar Maps

Two Templar Maps

Third blog in a series, connected to The Curse of Oak Island, History Chanel

My own research intersects with the discoveries in Nova Scotia, outlined in my book:

The Secret Dossier of a Knight Templar of the Sangreal. 

The Matrix Map

The Obelisk map below is only one part of a global map I was given ten years ago now, by a British Templar descendant.  It is validated by the Zena Halpern map and vice-versa; the two maps intersect with Talmont Castle exactly and also within 18.5 miles of Rochefoucauld Castle.

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La Rochelle is south, down the coast from Talmont.  It indicates that my Templar contacts ancestors knew of Oak Island and at some point were possibly conspirators with the Rochefoucauld family.

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Note the phrase in the bottom right of the map, ‘The Young Lion of Talmont’ – English Translation

 

Left to Right: Talmont – La Rochelle – St. Cybardeaux (45°45’45.45″N by 0° 0’0.00″E) and Castle Rochefoucauld. The yellow line is the Prime Meridian and the base of the Obelisk *

Caldbeck Cumbria, Cold Beck & Kolbec, Nova Scotia

It is possible that the Templars of Caldbeck in Cumbria, (Keystone of the Matrix Map), were on Oak Island before the Rochefoucauld voyage of 1347 and may have been related or with common knowledge, shared through the Templar network.

“Caldbeck and Caldbeck Fells are worth all England else…”  Queen Elizabeth I

X marks the spot directly on the Altar of Saint Kentigerns or Saint Mungos,

Caldbeck Cumbria NY 325 400 Ordnance Survey Grid Reference

The Templar network fractured after the Order was criminalized by the King of France.  Once Templars settled into their new host nations or stayed where they were, they became separated by political interests, but their traditions were handed down through the centuries.

Why is the Matrix Map Relevant?

It came out of the hands of a modern-day Templar Priest…

 

First and foremost, the Templars were Priests, Spiritual matters were the priority.  The Templars are also Cistercians with swords, they are cousin Orders…  Both Orders were created by the same brilliant man, Saint Bernard de Clairvaux.

All that they touched was anchored in the Realm of Spirit through Practicality on Earth.  Divine Will, focused through the sword for peace and protection.

We have bodies that need to be tended through food, sleep, happy work-life balance and stewardship.  The Templars lived communally and shared their knowledge within their lay-brother program, helping to spread their form of worship to the secular classes.  It’s changed over the centuries, but the Templars are still with us today.

Spirit is Practical as we must be inspired with hope to live.  All life is Spirit based, first, with physical expression, second; Flowing down from the Divine Mind of God through the Tree of Life to give us Life on earth.  Our immune systems respond to hope where self-healing can take place and extra energy may be drawn from…  That hope stems from our direct connection with the All That Is…  We are all directly connected, but some listen with a bit more clarity than others…

Our own life force energy is sustained by the All.  Without it, we cease to exist.  The Templars know this…  We are here to experience separateness and learn, it is actually quite the cosmic joke, as we are never separate.  We’ve just forgotten…

Emmanation

Emanation of Creation streaming down through the Spheres of the Tree of Life to Earth and within the human being.

Templars would absorb knowledge from anyone, regardless of religion or background.  This was used against them during their Inquisition trials of 1307-1314.

The above is the long and short of it as to why the following is important.  So, if you can’t grasp the above, you won’t grasp the below.  But I hope you’ll come with me anyway…

If you are struggling with these concepts, don’t worry, just step back and try to remember that this is the mindset of a hereditary priesthood, that value this so highly that they would pass this down to their children through the centuries.

arkThe unseen energy of earth is directly attached to sacred-mathematics. Our ancestors in the ancient world harnessed and focussed earth energy, shaping civilization itself.  Using it to understand astronomy.  Notice in the Bible, the directions to build an Ark were very specific….  Cathedral building was very specific.

Math is important and sacred as it describes the divine nature of ourselves and surroundings.  Harmonising technology with math, sacred geometry and the energy of earth, will move mountains.

Obelisk and Tree of Life

Tree of life and a Stelae from Ethiopia

The above images are at the heart of the wisdom tradition for the Templar Knight Order & the rebirth of the awakened human being and their counterpart locations on earth.

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The Obelisk is the practical expression of the Spirit focused on earth.  A Christianised version of this is the church tower.  That is why Templars were so involved with medieval church and cathedral building projects. They were creating Earth-Spirit-Lines that they could tap into for knowledge and revitalization.

The Obelisk out of Egypt mirrors the human spine and is the central pillar of the Tree of Life.  An Obelisk focuses energy from the earth, upward and contains it as does the human spine.

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The Obelisk is capped by a pyramid to create a focal point for the energy.  It is as ancient as the human being, if not more so, as all sentient life follows a repeatable central nervous system.  It is the key to intelligent life.  And…

…The knowledge of the central nervous system is the key to enlightenment.  It was given to us so that we may communicate with the Great Divine.  The Obelisk and Tree of Life are the tools of practice and instruction for Enlightenment.

Enlightenment is the stage where communion with the All that Is takes place…

 

An Obelisk collects local energy up a monument in the same way that a large pyramid functions and creates a city, national or global network.

Earth energy can be focused along veins that can be tapped and directed or created.

Back to the map…

At the time that I was shown the Matrix Map, I was slightly concerned about the S.E. corner of the trans-Atlantic Obelisk (Erasmus Obelisk) not connecting exactly with La Rochelle.   But after seeing the Zena Halpern Map, I can appreciate why this is…  It was meant to include Talmont and Rochefoucauld…

Left to Right: Talmont – La Rochelle – St. Cybardeaux (45°45’45.45″N by 0° 0’0.00″E) Rochefoucauld. The yellow line is the Prime Meridian *

One must remember that the Bible is full of codes and number play.  The Templars would have sought to express this in the landscape.

Oak Island Standing Stone

 

“You will find something more in woods than in books.  Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.”  Bernard de Clairvaux

 

 

A standing stone or obelisk on Oak Island

 

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Isaac Newton’s optic experiment

 

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Jesus using a compass to measure creation

Along with Templar history, my book explains Quantum Mechanics, Sacred Geometry, Sacred Numbers and the concept, that if the earth is divinely created and ‘measured’ by God, then, Navigation is a Sacred Art to be respected.

The God Overview

The only way to understand this powerful relationship with the earth is that of an overview of a Godly Being, Astronaut or Remote Viewer.

 

 

 

Note the path from Rosslyn Chapel – 0 Caldbeck – to Newport Wales

Erasmus or Base of Matrix Map over UK

The Matrix Map dovetails with the Ordnance Survey Map of Great Britain, a mathematical impossibility.  Note Dover at 325 400, Royston Cave at TL 325 400, these are just a few Templar locations; the others may be found in my book.

Both Caldbeck and Rosslyn also intersect with the Ordnance Survey Map.  How is this possible?  We are dealing with synchronicity and the mind of God through the principle of Emanation as outlined in the Tree of Life as explained above, pun intended.  There are no accidents, there are no coincidences…

Note, Rosslyn to New Castle Wales, across the Atlantic to Newport Tower:

Erasmus Obelisk and the H.T.

The simplified version below:

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Simplified coordinates of the Obelisk pg 285, The Secret Dossier

The Divine Number 9

Note the coordinates of 45 degrees and with 54 degrees… Tesla knew the importance of the number 9 – Remember the legend of the Nine Unknown…  Or the 4 & 5 Crowns which I cover in my book…

Rosslyn Matrix

 

 

In Rosslyn Chapel, a large graffiti mark was found in the crypt, author Ashely Cowie believed it to measure significant places in Scotland.

The Comte, my Templar contact, believes it is much more than that…  it is a navigational tool.  One of many that the Templars used down the centuries.  If we take it on board as such, we can see the relevance immediately.

 

 

 

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1. Washington Monument  2. Newport Tower   3. Westford Knight  4. Ross Castle

1. Washington Monument  2. Newport Tower   3. Westford Knight  4. Ross Castle

5. Kolbec Nova Scotia & Roslin Nova Scotia

There are no accidents regarding the spelling of the place names above.  Kolbec, literally means, cold stream and is based out of the Cumbrian dialect, spoken by King Arthur as covered in my book…  It is a localized version of Old English.

The place names of Caldbeck in Cumbria are an intentional match for Kolbec Nova Scotia and also Coldbrook in Canada.  Roslin Nova Scotia is a mirror of Rosslyn in Scotland.  They were so named as to be remembered as significant in the preservation of Templar artifacts and history.  Books and people fade, but placenames and stone stand the test of time.  I was told that Templars fled to Caldbeck in Cumbria after the fateful day of Friday, October 13th, 1307.

The Secret Dossier of a Knight Templar of the Sangreal was published in 2015 in Kindle and again in hardcopy in October of 2016.  Zena’s book followed in 2017 and I was unaware of her until I saw her on Oak Island and then purchased her book.

While this may not help to pinpoint an exact treasure buried centuries ago by the Templars, it does illustrate their mindset.  Understanding a mindset can help to uncover treasures along the way.  It is the ‘WHY’ behind their motives.  The Matrix Map I was given, validates the importance of Oak Island as a Templar repository and the information discovered by Ms. Halpern.

Thank you for your time….

A final note on the Prime Meridian:

*The Prime Meridian that had been established in England in 1721 became accepted as the global P.M. at the International Meridian Conference in 1884 held in the USA.

France continued to use both Rose lines for many decades to follow.  The history of this can be found in my book…  The new Meridian does not invalidate either the Zena Halpern map or my own, as maps must be adjusted to the new lat-long in order to be understood/navigable in the modern context…

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  • Rosslyn Chapel photo credit image: https://www.rosslynchapel.com/about/the-da-vinci-code/
  • Where possible I do try to credit the photographer.  I would happily update my photo credits for any of the other pages on my blog, if you’ve spotted someone’s work that you know…  Please inform me…  Thank you in advance…

Zena Halpern’s Map of Oak Island

The Curse of Oak Island, Season 5 Episode 9, first airing on January 9, 2018,

“The French Connection”

The S5 E9 O.I. was exciting to watch.  Credible evidence linking Oak Island in Nova Scotia to a French noble family, with ties to the Knights Templar, should make anyone with a pulse, sit forward on their sofa!

You might be interested in my prior (hastily written) blog on this episode, which can be read here.

During the episode, Rick Lagina and co. travel to castle Rochefoucauld to meet the family representative and Curator, Sonia Matossian.

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Rochefoucauld Castle, Charente, France

They discussed the Zena Halpern Map, as the ancient family name was scrawled across the top of the right-hand corner.

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Zena Halpern Map of Oak Island

The map originally appeared in a book written by Zena Halpern. The Templar Mission to Oak Island and Beyond.  ISBN 9781544744513 See Part IV page 259

While the cast of the documentary decoded the phrases in the upper right corner, I decided to have a look at the lower right corner of the map.  To my knowledge, it had yet to be deciphered.

There are two lines of text:

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Lower right corner, from the Zena Halpern Map

The translation reads as “the Indians from the south work well”

And, “the little lion of Talmont”

The difficulty in translating the text is that it appears to be based on old French and not a modern usage of it.  Alternately, my friend who lives in France suggested that it might be someone who uses French as a second language.  The author of the map is perhaps able to speak it with far more accuracy than to write it, which is another ballpark.  The map and associated documents that appear in the Halpern book, appear to have been copied in the 1970’s from an earlier source. 

Briefly, as we’re talking about a transatlantic voyage dated 1347, which is the date associated with the map, knowing that ‘Indians from the south’ are inclined to be friendly is very important.  Calling for backup is not an option in North America at this time.  One needed to know exactly, if possible, what you were getting into with the local peoples! 

Thankfully the tribe mentioned were not likely to be violent.  It also indicates prior knowledge; that there is direct understanding of the area.  A prior voyage!  But when?  How often were crossings made?  As far as I’m concerned, voyages since at least the 10th century, from Western Europe, were occurring regularly.  Zena Halpern’s book discusses one voyage, in particular, I recommend reading it.

But who is the “Young Lion of Talmont” – ‘Where’ must be the first clue…

Castle Talmont is on the coast, just north of La Rochelle, where the Templar fleet had been based prior to October 13, 1307.  Proximity is of great significance.

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Map from Paris to Castle Talmont, Rochefoucauld and Domme prison.  Note La Rochelle just south of Talmont on the coast.

Talmont castle was considered strong and able to withstand a siege as it could be supplied from the sea.  Of course, waterways were the freeways for centuries and not a barrier as we consider them today. 

Taking the date of 1347 helped rule out Richard the Lionheart (Reign 1189 – 1199) who also owned Talmont, or Talmond Castle, as ruler of the Duchy of Aquitaine via his famous mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.  

I had another look at the ownership of the castle during 1347 and there is indeed a ‘Lion’ and in this case, ‘little’ is actually a reference to age, ‘young’.  In other words, the Lion did something noteworthy when he was a young warrior.  Training for knighthood began in pre-teens.  There are accounts of boys as young as eight fighting in battle with their fathers.

After Richard I died, the castle passed to the Mauleons and with no male heirs, it then passed through marriage to the Vicounts of Thouars.

The Young Lion of Talmont

Louis I de Thouars, the Young Lion of Talmont was born in 1310 and died 1370, carrying ‘…the full arms of Thouars’.  He is also within living memory of the Knights Templar, the Order having been criminalized in 1314 by King Phillip.

Lord Thouars engaged in the Battle of Poitiers in 1356 very near his own lands.  Fighting alongside him was Sir Aimery de la Rochechouart.  Sir Aimery was from a family branch through marriage to the Rochefoucauld’s in 1295 which produced nine children.  Likewise, the family de la Roche also intermarried with the Rochefoucauld’s.  They all knew each other or were related.  It would be impossible for the Viscounts of Thouars and the Rochefoucauld’s not to have been associated.  Pg. 184 Sir John Froissart’s Chronicles of England, France, Spain, Volume 6

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Louis I de Thouars – The Young Lion of Talmont

The translation from the book in French where I found his seal:

“Louis I de Thouars, who was viscount from 1333 to 1370, carried the full arms of Thouars Or charged with 139. – Seal of Louis de Thouars, 1338. Flowers [fleur] of azure lily in canton gules. This coat of arms is on his bookmark affixed in 1338 (1094 Archives). It is round, 0.02, (Figure 139), and is very finely engraved; the shield is leaning, stamped with a helmet of face to shutters, crown of a lion between two horns of deer; his legend”

Pg. 214, The History of Archaeology 1892, De La Mayenne

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Viscount Thouars daughter, Pernelle, inherited Talmont Castle, her seal is above

The Fleur de Lis is also on House Thouars seal, which was first used by Clovis I of the Long Haired Sorcerer Kings, the Merovingian’s.  Later the symbol was adopted as the national emblem of France.

The Fleur de Lis and the Holy Grail

There has been much said regarding the true meaning behind the Holy Grail.  In my own research,  the marriage of Canna was the wedding of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. 

The priest-kings, the Merovingian’s, have become the flashpoint for this lineage.  Instead of the Grail actually being a cup, the old French translation of Holy Grail actually reads as ‘Sangreal’ or Royal Blood.  The cup is the perfect anatomical symbol for the line of kings, a direct representation of the womb of its ancestress, Mary Magdalene. 

The male equivalent of this iconography would be the Fleur de Lis. 

According to legend, King Clovis I was given the symbol of the Fleur de Lis by his wife, Queen and Saint, Clotilde (475-545).  She had been inspired to give him the emblem of three fleur de lis for his shield by an angel.  The number three is a possible reference to the number of children from Jesus’ own marriage.  

The fleur de lis has been incorrectly explained as either a lily or an iris.  If I may be so bold here, a two-dimensional representation of the symbol is rather ‘male’ in its attributes.  It is the perfect pairing to the Holy Grail.  Male and Female.  And boldly hidden in plain sight.  ‘God the father’, certainly takes on a new meaning here…

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Coat of Arms for the Viscount Thouars with a curious red corner and the French version of the Fleur de Lis

 

Domme Castle Prison Graffiti

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The Kabbalah or Tree of Life as explained by the Tarot and human energy body

 

 

 

 

 

The image on the left has its basis in a Judaic meditation, which aids in the explanation of the nature of God and our relationship to higher wisdom.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Domme prison graffiti, Tree of Life

S5 E9   of O.I., displays a distinctive ‘tree of life’.   Photo credit to History Chanel, S5E9 The Curse of Oak Island                                                                                                                    However, ‘the tree’ contains a further mystery.  We are looking directly at the name of a famous and influential familyThe Templar prisoner who carved it was a member of the Medici family of Florence Italy! 

All Templar knights had to be from a noble family, this rule was written in their bylaws.  The imprisoned man would have been related to the powerful Medici family.

The stylized Fleur de Lis was adopted by the powerful Medici family of Florence centuries before, whose coat of arms has always been a mystery.  I cover the subject in my book, The Secret Dossier of a Knight Templar of the Sangreal

The floriated Fleur de Lis is a distinction to the French variation.  In plain English, they miniaturized the Fleur de Lis as a triangle, with branches flowing off the main center icon.  In other words, a pictorial reference to a secret family tree flowing back the Royal House of David.

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Medici Fleur de Lis

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Medici ‘balls’ or ‘coins’ – I believe this to be a reverse the ‘pellets’

The Medici Fleur de Lis denotes a family tree springing from Jesus and MM.  The city of Florence uses the device as its coat of arms due to the very influential family that ruled it. 

The Medici’s brought about the Italian Renaissance through art, architecture, science.  They were the patrons behind Leonard da Vinci, Botticelli and Fra Angelico to name a few.  They were popes, dukes and their daughters married the kings of Europe.  But perhaps more interesting, they were a powerful banking family!  It’s hard to miss this connection as the Templars were also astute bankers, having developed systems which carried into Switzerland.

Below: the famous Medici Wedding Tapestry of 1589

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It celebrates the wedding of Ferdinando I de’Medici, Grand-Duke of Tuscany, and Christina of Lorraine, in 1589.

 

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Medici Fleur de Lis and the kingdom of France

 

 

 

 

Note the two different Fleur de Lis on Ferdinando’s wedding coat; one is the French version and the other is the Medici.  The Medici family were granted use of the French symbol as they were sworn allies and Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) became the Consort Queen of France to Henry II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Duomo Cathedral floor with the Medici Coate of Arms and the Templar Cross

Photo credit: Trip Advisor

 

Note the image of the floor of the Duomo Cathedral of the Medici coat of arms and the Templar cross within the triple circles of eternity.  The triangle, of course, can be recognized as a symbol of Freemasonry.  The alternating circles represent ‘punched’ coins.  It is a heraldic device where the center of the coin is punched out.  I believe this ties in with Zena’s pellets and the indents found in Templar graffiti marks and also is a code for the Cross of Jerusalem, as discussed in the S5E9 of O.I.

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Photo Credit: The History Chanel, S5E9 The Curse of Oak Island

 

Photo Credit: The History Chanel, S5E9 The Curse of Oak Island

Please see my other blog which includes further info on the Medici shield.

…  Back to the Young Lion of Talmont…

Viscount, Louis I de Thouars would have been about 37 years old in the year 1347.

The battle of Calais, the main city port on the northwest coast of France, was raging from 1336 through to 1347 against Edward III who finally took it.  The important city remained in English hands until 1558.  As an aside, the Scots sent troops to the French to fight the English at this battle. 

Calais would have been out of reach for the French considering a transatlantic voyage.  Not that there weren’t other ports in France but southern Talmont just makes sense. 

In order to keep the journey a secret, it is likely that the Rochefoucauld’s would have formed an alliance with the Viscount Thouars and used the castle and its harbor as a staging point.

Note the fish next to the name across the bottom of Zena’s map.  I believe the fish in this context, indicates the harbor of Talmont Castle.  The castle is now 4 miles inland which probably happened about 400 years ago in the 1600s.  Of course the fish also has Christian connotations.  But this is not the typical Christian fish symbol.  It is too complicated with the extra fin and eye.  Christians would create an arc in the dirt or in the palm of someone they would meet on the road.  If a reverse arc was responded with, the two would know they shared the same faith.  

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It’s difficult to know at this point if the Viscount went on the voyage with the Templars or remained in France.  He was under house arrest after the loss of Poitiers in 1356.  But in years prior, it is possible he sailed to the new world with his Templar compatriots.

It is exciting to find the real men and women driving the events that took place in 1347 and a clearer, greater picture of the need to find a haven on Oak Island, Nova Scotia. 

The Templars fled to safe ports in multiple countries in Europe, including England.  The political divides must have become an increasing source of hardship for the once neutral Templar brothers, now possibly facing each other in conflict across borders.  

Many questions remain as to the people involved and the nature of the objects hidden on the island.  I look forward to discovering more and sharing it…

 

The Story Behind the Cover Photo

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The Secret Dossier of a Knight Templar of the Sangreal

Recently I was asked who designed the cover of the book and where did the photo of the stained glass window originate?

I’m so pleased that many have commented that the cover is striking and that the image of the Templar Knight is inspiring & compelling.  I designed the cover and was happy that so many commented positively on it.  I hope my next effort is of equal quality.

I visited Saint Mary’s Church in Temple Balsall in Solihull England, a few years ago hoping to find the vibrant presence of the Templars still aflame.

I have visited many Templar locations in the UK with the prayer that inspiration and discovery will lead me to a higher understanding of who they were during the public historic days of the middle ages.  I was not disappointed on this journey to Warwickshire England.

St Mary’s sits within a small grouping of historic buildings which are an ode to the best that is the human heart.  There is even a visitor’s car park just in case you plan a trip.

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A graceful country manor is across from the ancient Old Hall where the Templar’s would have held their business activities and also dined.

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Lady Katherine Leveson willed that a school and alms-houses were to be established in 1674.  The Leveson Foundation still functions today and is a beautiful oasis amidst the green countryside.  I highly recommend that you read more about Lady Katherine’s efforts –

 

I’m a fan, you will be too:

Lady Katherine Leveson

A helpful map of the area

Balsall Preceptory as it was technically known by the Templars, were given the property by Roger de Mowbray in 1185.

 

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Saint Mary’s Church in Temple Balsall, Solihull England

 

He was described by Horace Round as ‘a great lord with a hundred knight’s fees, was captured with King Stephen at the Battle of Lincoln (1141), joined the rebellion against Henry II (1173), founded abbeys, and went on crusade’ 1.

Roger de Mowbray fought with the Templars and also founded the Cistercian Abbey of Fountains in Yorkshire.  He participated in three crusades and was finally captured by the Turks at the age of sixty-five.  Though the Templars ransomed him, he unfortunately died soon after rescue, perhaps due to stress or an injury sustained during his capture.

The Old Hall was officially given to the Hospitallers after 1314 as all properties were meant to pass to their rival St Johns, but it would take many years of legal battles before they were allowed to actually move in and start redecorating.  Prior owners of the gifted Templar lands fought to get them back in order to prevent the Hospitallers from gaining ground in the UK.

Eight knights were arrested from Balsall Preceptory; one had been killed during the arrests. 2.  I’ve covered the escape of the Knights Templar on October 13th 1307 extensively in The Secret Dossier of a Knight Templar of the Sangreal, in chapters 18 & 19.

Saint Mary’s was built by the Templar’s but was heavily restored by the very busy Victorians, specifically, Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1849.

I can’t verify it at the moment but I believe that the stained glass window was painted by Edward Burne-Jones.  He created the Birmingham Cathedral windows and at least 11 churches in Cumbria through the William Morris Company.  3. The ‘Firm’ which was slang for the W.M. Company promoted many Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painters.  Certainly, if I am incorrect on Burne-Jones, another member created the gorgeous east window of St. Mary’s Temple Balsall.

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Reconciliation – the altar window with the Knight Templar and that of St. John’s – photo by Gretchen L. Cornwall 2010

I appreciated the tone of reconciliation that the whole altar window implies.  On the left hand side is the Templar and on the right hand side facing his opposite number, is that of a knight of St. John’s.

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Knight Templar, St Mary’s Temple Balsall, photo by Gretchen L. Cornwall 2010

 

I was stunned when I first ‘outed’ the image of the Templar Knight on Facebook; the comments back from my female friends were that the knight looked like a woman!  They immediately started to refer to the image as ‘she’.  Had the wise painter sought to create an androgynous visage displaying the nature of the human soul?

At the time I took the photos of the east window, I had not realised that the Templar Knight would become my cover image.  I started to cast about for an artist only within the final months of the ebook release in September 2015. When I realised I had an image already from the master hand of a Pre-Raphaelite artist from the William Morris Co.

 

 

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Black Madonna Icon, photo by Gretchen L. Cornwall 201

 

I also found it of great interest that in the altar corner stood a modern cast iron tree holding the prayers in tea-lights.  Next to this impressive sculpture was an icon of a Black Madonna, also of recent years.  Both protected by a low barrier.  The Templar’s have a history with the Black Madonna which I’ve also included in my first book.

 

 

The graveyard of the church is filled with small headstones that bear the cross patee’ of the Templars.

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On an odd synchronistic moment, I took this photo of a small truck driving slowly through the village.  I knew I was in the right place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parish church is in use today by modern Templars Photo Credit

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I hope you have a chance to visit Saint Mary’s and find it as atmospheric, graceful and filled with kindness as I had.

For more information on the church, visit: The Leveson Foundation site

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_de_Mowbray_(Lord_of_Montbray)
  2. Harold Brakspear, F.S.A, Royal Archaeological Institute, July 1926
  3. http://www.visitcumbria.com/edward-burne-jones/

Bernard de Clairvaux – Knight of the Morning Star

 

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Bernard de Clairvaux 1090-1153

Bernard de Clairvaux 1090-1153

Today is the feast day of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux who put a sword in the hands of Cistercian monks and renamed them the Knights Templar or The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon.  It was controversial at the time and akin to a doctor amending the Hippocratic Oath to include euthanasia of a patient.  I believe the choice to take up arms was hundreds of years over due.  The Dark Ages were in part named so due to monasteries being sacked repeatedly and the destruction of books and those schooled in their creation which lead to large gaps in our understanding of events.  Much knowledge was lost in the early Middle Ages without the ability of priests to defend themselves against marauding bands.  Bernard de Clairvaux’s model of the New Knighthood was so popular that other priestly orders followed suit immediately and picked up the sword.

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Knight Templar Coin & Seal

He renovated Christianity to include women to a higher degree than before through the worship of Mary or  Mariology the hidden Goddess.  His rigorous ability to ask hard questions has been followed by reformation groups through the centuries and he is today still upheld by Christianity as a leader whose timeless considerations still hold weight.

He fed the poor at his gates which at times numbered in the hundreds, he refused to wear expensive clothes and delivered his sermons in the common languages of Europe rather than exclusive incomprehensible Latin.  His appealed to all classes as a result and was considered a saint in his own lifetime due to his concern for the plight of the poor and his understanding of human nature.

“In danger, in anguish, in uncertainty, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may more surely obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her as guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; So long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.”

Bernard de Clairvaux Homilies on the Gospel 1120

Bernard de Clairvaux brought about unprecedented changes in the 12th century, which affected Europe and the Middle East, and reverberated down the centuries.  The charismatic force of this man has not been entirely appreciated by researchers of the historical genre of the Knights Templar. It is easy to give him no more than a cursory nod in favour of the perceived glamour of the knightly Order, which without his hand, would not have gained its influential foothold.

I am convinced that he was following a wisdom tradition held within his family, in what seems likely, over centuries. There are echoes of evidence indicating that the family and their companions were familiar with operating in an organised manner, case in point, their takeover of the Cistercian Order en masse. The Abbot Bernard would reluctantly become the very public face of the tradition that he served so well.

What is this mysterious bond and purpose that held this familial group together? It has long been noted that the Knights Templar were the guardians’ of great secrets, sacred relics and writings, bloodlines, and ancient documents. Some clues lie in the family ties of the Languedoc.

His Maternal Grandmother was married to William III, Count of Toulouse. The Counts of Toulouse were known to have connections to the Albigensian’s, otherwise known as the Cathars.

Saint Bernard lifted women of his time in collusion with the Troubadours in the new cult of Mariology and Courtly Love. Women became worthy of protection rather than mere chattel and Chivalry created new rules for honorable living. He was the Knight of the Morning Star worshiping the Virgin Mary, the ISIS of her age. As a bloodline descendant of Jesus through the Counts of Toulouse, Bernard venerated the Black Madonna whose visage hides the nature of the bride of Christ, Mary Magdalene.

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Considered to be a true likeness of the saint.

Considered to be a true likeness of the saint.

 

Escape into the Night

One of the most contentious points of argument amongst the Templar genre is that of the survival of the Order after the arrests of October 13th 1307.  Many author’s whom I admire deny the existence of the Order into modern times due to a lack of writen evidence.  Academic rigour must be upheld but there are too many intriguing anomalies throughout the last several hundred years, that I feel must be taken into account, before dismissing modern Templarism.

The medieval Order specialized in codes and secrecy, leaving their messages in architecture, stained glass and a complex oral tradition.  The very nature of Templar transmission was secrecy and therefore a simple paper trail would never exist due to the Order having been outlawed by the church and stripped of their public identity.

 

Templar Knight Prayer
 It is a complete utter fairy tale that the real men that constituted the Templar Knights and their retainers simply disappeared in a puff of smoke upon Pope Clement V’s dissolution of the Order in 1314.  These were real flesh and blood men devoted to their chosen life built upon centuries of tradition.  They did not simply roll over into the earth in despair and vanish as is continually claimed in many circles.  

These were hardened warriors, innovators and more importantly they had beliefs worth living for that a greedy king and his puppets could not subdue.  There are estimates of 9000 to 15,000 preceptories across Europe, Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales at the time of the arrests in France.  

Each of these locations would have included knights, monks, lay brethren and other retainers.  Their numbers were into the thousands.  At their height there were estimates of 20,000 Knights alone across these kingdoms not including support personnel.  This figure could easily treble if not quadruple the estimate of ‘only’ 20,000 knights.  It is simply irresponsible academically to state that they no longer existed and if there is a cry of conspiracy here it is indeed an academic one.  

The conspiracy was originally perpetrated by the Catholic Church who turned on the Knights, but also a few fearful heads of state and by the Templars themselves who were forced underground in order to survive in a world not ready for their wisdom and steel.

Many Knights Templar fled to friendly ports and were taken in by monarchs who found their martial skills a benefit.  Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland and also England – the destination which features most prominently in this book.  Despite the night of infamy, October 13th 1307 – the Templars found their way back to France as well, if they ever left at all.

I’ll be exploring the evidence for their existence in The Secret Dossier of a Knight Templar of the Sangreal – Available on Amazon Kindle between August 20th or September 29th 2015 depending on final editing.

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Love & Light,

Gretchen Cornwall