Sworn in Secret: Freemasonry and the Knights Templar (Paperback)

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This exploration of the remarkable people and influential activities of the Knights Templar and Freemasonry is truly stunning. It sheds considerable new light on how the practices, symbols and rituals of these two brotherhoods took shape and affected the world around them. "Born in Blood" began this work before its author passed away in 1996. Now historian Sanford Holst has gathered many more discoveries and internal documents that give a deeper look into the workings of the Templars and Freemasons. The roots of Masonry are traced to Solomon's Temple, the rise of Christianity, and the Crusades, causing this society's relationships with stonemasons and the Templars to take on new and significant meaning. We come to see how actions by Templars and Masons affected the fall of kings in Europe, the rise of democracy, and the Vatican's loss of its supreme position atop the Christian world. After Masonry emerged into public view in 1717, it had a strong influence on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and other Masons who worked to create a new country in America. These experiences are often seen through the eyes of people who lived through the actual events -- told in their own words and drawn from remarkable collections of records dating from those times. A tantalizing question is asked: what practices among the Templars and Masons still affect our lives today? This well-documented look inside the secretive Templar and Masonic societies provides answers that may surprise you.

About the Author

Sanford Holst is the historian who wrote Amazon's #1 book on the Phoenicians, the secretive people who helped build Solomon's Temple. Holst is known for his appearances in the BBC series "Ancient Worlds". The papers he presented at universities in the USA and overseas resulted in his being elected to the prestigious Royal Historical Society in England. In researching the Templars he explored archives and sites from Europe to the Holy Land, and benefited from the work of many local experts. His informative websites are read by more than half a million people each year.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780983327936
ISBN-10: 0983327939
Publisher: Santorini Publishing
Publication Date: March 30th, 2012
Pages: 392
Language: English