The Templars And The Crusades
The Knights Templar. Seldom in history has such a name evoked so many different feelings in so many people. Since the early 12th century stories of these warrior monks have captivated the minds of the penitent christian, overwhelmed by tales of their heroic deeds in battle, and their dedication to defending their fellow brethren journeying the roads of the Holy Land susceptible to attack from the infidel. Over the centuries tales of these riders in white have inspired many great creations in art and literature, perhaps none more famous than Wolfram von Eschenbach’s, Parzival, whose mystical tale has forever imprinted the image on the mind of the common man of these very knights as the guardians of the most sacred object known to Christendom, The Holy Grail.
Their name alone is synonymous with legend. Yet behind the legend there are many complex tales that when pieced together provide a history not always easy to understand. Like many of history's great enigmas, our understanding of the knights has changed over time. Over the last thirty years there has been a significant revival in the level of interest in Templar history and folklore, leading to the influx of a great many different texts, concerning a great many topics. In doing so the line between history and legend has become blurred, bringing with it a wealth of issues that makes understanding the true history of the order difficult.
Having undertaken my own quest to understand the truth behind the knights in white I have often found, like the grail knights, the more I learn the less I know. Without question the last thirty years has proven a significant time for Templar researchers. However, it is equally true that certain elements of new research have not always been accurate, or undertaken for the right reasons. While I certainly believe that there is more to the Templars than traditional history teaches us, for me stories of the order's connections with hidden priories should never be regarded as anything more than fiction: they are to entertain, not necessarily to enlighten. Nevertheless, the work of many Templar researchers, both mainstream and freelance, has been invaluable, and brings us ever closer to a complete picture of the order, not just the Knights of the Crusades.
Understanding the problems that exist in undertaking any serious investigation into the history of the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon, this website is divided into sections. This section includes what is definitely history and can be largely accepted as known fact. Included in the section titled The Unknown Templar will be a series of articles concerning the wealth of information at our disposal, including several of my own observations, that need further investigation. In particular, evidence that the Templars sailed to the New World prior to the voyage of Columbus is given close attention. I have, hopefully for obvious reasons, steered clear of themes known to be false. To accept such notions as fact is in no way a fulfilling step and brings with it only confusion. Also, included in the Robin Hood section will be information on the Templars in England, notably Yorkshire, and, as I believe my own research shows, how the fall of the Templars in Yorkshire went a long way toward establishing another of history’s greatest enigmas.