The Holy Grail Hidden in Iceland, suggests Thórarinn Thórarinsson
A group believe the Holy Grail and other lost artifacts, guarded by the Knights Templar, may be located in the district Hrunamannahreppur in Iceland. "There are strong indications that the solution to this mystery may be found in Iceland," architect Thórarinn Thórarinsson wrote in a letter to the local authority of Hrunamannahreppur, asking for permit for himself and cryptographer Giancarlo Gianazza to seek for the treasure in the area. The theory is that the Knights Templar came to Iceland in 1217 to find a hiding place for their treasure and that Snorri Sturluson, the author of Prose Edda and other mediaeval scripts, helped them create the underground dome in Iceland.
Campaign to save cave used by the Knights Templar
An ancient cave in Herts, believed to have been used by the Knights Templar during their quest for the Holy Grail, is under threat. The Royston Cave is being damaged by the excessive heavy lorry traffic. Oliver Heald is now campaigning to save the cave, and English Heritage is also pressing for a weight restriction on Melbourn Street. The cave is a man-made cavern in the shape of a beehive. Inside are wall carvings about the Crucifixion, the Holy Family and several saints, like St Katherine, St Laurence and St Christopher. Local historians have said the wall carvings indicate the cave may have been used by the Knights Templar.
Rosslyn Chapel Revealed by Michael T.R.B.Turnbull
If nothing else the hysteria attaching itself to The Da Vinci Code has brought one of Scotland's most special places to international prominence. Michael Turnbull has produced a book that restores the religious history of Rosslyn through its various inflections. He summarises the credulity of those who insist on seeing Rosslyn as an alternative culture loadstar after previously detailing 800 years plus of local history, and so that the reader is left wondering why there is any need for conspiracy theory. Michael Turnbull's tale is a nuanced historical one that explains the pre-Reformation function of Rosslyn chapel's design and decoration.
Did Da Vinci hide Old Testament god Jahveh's face in painting?
A new storm is brewing in the world of Da Vinci theorists after "The Mirror of the Sacred Scriptures and Paintings World Foundation" -group claimed it has used mirrors to reveal hidden images in some of Da Vinci`s most famous works. In recent years art history scholars have uncovered Templar knights, Mary Magdalene, a child and a musical script hidden in the Italian`s paintings. Da Vinci, 1452-1519, often wrote in mirror writing, either to stop his rivals stealing his ideas or to hide his scientific theories, often deemed as revolutionary by Roman Catholic Church. The Virgin and Child sketch supposedly can be manipulated with mirrors to show the ancient Old Testament god Jahveh.
Interview with Barbara Frale, who rediscovered the Chinon parchment
The story has it all: Vatican intrigue, medieval castles, secret knights, and royal conspiracies. But it is not fiction. Over 5 meters of recovered parchments reveal the account of one of the most important trials of the Middle Ages: The Processus Contra Templarios ("Trial Against the Templars"). The Knights Templar was dissolved following charges of heresy in 1314. This book reveals the order's innocence. The parchment is the transcript of the hearings at Chinon in August 1308. Barbara Frale, the archives official who rediscovered the Chinon parchment after over 10 years of research in the Vatican Secret Archives, spoke about her find and about the crusading order.
The Rosslyn Motet - The Chapel's Musical Cubes
In 2005 Tommy and Stuart Mitchell claimed to have "found a secret piece of music hidden in carvings at Rosslyn Chapel." I immediately posted a lengthy list of cautions about the claims put forth in the article to the Sinclair Discussion Group. ... At one end of Rosslyn Chapel is an area known as the "Lady Chapel," the ceiling of which is supported by arched ribs. From these ribs hang what have become known as the "Rosslyn Cubes," and among the 213 existing cubes (2 are missing) can be found 13 uniquely different carved patterns. However, the story of the Rosslyn Cubes did not begin with the Mitchells...
$8,375 for a replica of the minutes of the Knights of Templar trials
The reality of the saga of the Knights Templar is nearly as amazing as the myths that embellish it. The Vatican adds another chapter when it publishes a 699-year-old papal report on the medieval holy warriors. Vatican publisher Scrinium will offer 799 copies (the 800th will go to the Pope), at $8,375 apiece, of a 1308 parchment titled Processus Contra Templarios (Trial Against the Templars), which chronicles the order's sordid endgame: the accusations of heresy, the Templars' defense, and Pope Clement V's absolution of the order, before he eliminated it.
British Knights Templars call on Pope to apologise
A British order of Templars that claims direct descent from the Knights Templar is calling on the Pope to apologise after ancient Vatican document shows that the knights were absolved of crimes laid against them 7 centuries ago. The charges led to the disbanding of the order and Grand Master Jacques de Molay was burnt at the stake. One of the documents, the Chinon Parchment, shows that in the early 14th century, Pope Clement V's investigation of the order absolved the knights of the heresy charges. Ben Acheson, a member of a Templar order in Hertford, said publication of the documents is a "turning point" but called for Pope Benedict XVI to apologise formally.
After 700 years, Vatican comes clean on history's good knights
700 years ago one of history's most brutal abuses of power gave the world the term Black Friday, the superstition about Friday the 13th, and a fund of conspiracy theories. The event was the arrest, torture and execution of the Knights Templar - Friday, October 13, 1307 - so Philip the Fair, King of France, could expropriate their wealth. The king bullied a weak Pope Clement V into suppressing the order on spurious grounds. On Oct 25, the Vatican will publish a book (Only 799 copies will be produced) about the suppression, containing unpublished accounts of the hearings. The last grandmaster Jacques de Molay was burned at the stake in 1314.
Vatican book on the demise of Knights Templar - Chinon parchment
The Vatican is to publish a book which is awaited to shed light on the demise of the Knights Templar - a Christian military order from the Middle Ages. The book is based on a document known as the Chinon parchment, found in the Vatican Secret Archives after years of being incorrectly filed. The document is a record of the heresy hearings of the Templars before Pope Clement V in the 14th Century. Prof Barbara Frale who found the paper says it exonerates the knights. She says that it lays bare the rituals and ceremonies over which the Templars were accused of heresy.