The Knights Templar. Seldom in history has such an organisation 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. From their heroic deeds in battle to rumours of lost treasures, accounts of these riders in white have inspired many fabulous creations in art and literature. Perhaps none more famous than Wolfram von Eschenbach’s, Parzival, whose mystical tale has forever imprinted their image as the guardians of the most sacred object known to Christendom. The Holy Grail.
Their name alone is synonymous with legend. Yet making up that legend are many complex strands. Strands that, when pieced together, tell a story not always easy to understand. Like many of history’s great enigmas, our understanding of the knights has changed over time. During 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 the past and legend has become blurred, bringing with it a wealth of issues that makes understanding the real 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 valid that some aspects 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 a known fact. Included in the section titled Templar Mysteries 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 before 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 great enigmas.