Thursday 13 October 2011

Putting the Record Straight on ...

The Knights Templar

Today is the anniversary of the persecution of the Knights Templar in 1307. The Templars have entered folklore as an enigmatic group of knights in the supposed possession of many mystical secrets – and thanks to the books “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” and “The Da Vinci Code” that now includes being the guardians of an invented bloodline from Christ. This last theory contains so many holes that it doesn’t stand up as well as fishnet tights.

As Dan Brown (an author not known for the reliability of his research) has shown, anyone can claim there’s a conspiracy or cover-up – the only proof you need is NO proof. Even in their own time the Templars were accused of all sorts of things based on no evidence and only on gossip. King Philippe II of France was particularly jealous of the Templar’s wealth, so he used gossip to have the Templars declared heretics.

On Friday 13th October 1307 (the original horrible Friday 13th) King Philippe ordered the seizure of all Templar property and wealth, and the destruction of the organisation. Under torture the knights were forced to admit to many accusations, including idol worship and homosexuality. But there was no proof of either. There still isn’t.

King Philippe was to become father-in-law of King Edward II of England – that well-known Queen of England. Edward was at first reluctant to follow Philippe’s example and seems to have joined the persecution only after being ordered to by the Pope (who only got that job because of King Philippe).

As far being guardians of a supposed secret bloodline from Christ through the Merovingian kings, genealogists for hundreds of years have known that the Merovingians have millions of living descendants – including at least 18 million people in the UK who, like myself and other lgbt people like Ellen Degeneres, Lord Byron and Marlon Brando, inherit Merovingian blood through “Queen” Edward II.

If there is such a thing as a Holy Bloodline heir it isn’t the fictional Sophie Neveu from “The Da Vinci Code” or even any of the Sinclair family. Many descents have disappeared into the mists of time but as far as I have been able to determine, and I don’t mind being proved wrong, the most senior traceable legitimate Holy Bloodline heir is …

… 10-year-old Josh Hobday of London (11 years old on 7th November), eldest grandson of Capt. Edward Pereira (b.1938), late of the Coldstream Guards.

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