on 3 June 2014
Who better to write an historical account of the development of Portugal by the Knights Templar as Europe’s first nation-state than an accomplished researcher and author who is a native of that country himself? Freddy Silva, noted for his work on crop circles and sacred places around the globe, says he’s put a decade of effort into producing this book. I suspect he’s spent a lot more than just 10 years in collecting all of this superb information.
A true story of epic proportions, Silva has devised a method of making what would ordinarily be dry history into a very readable chronology. His method? Translate the story into novel form! And so he keeps us anticipating each of the succeeding chapters to give us more of the picture by juxtaposing the adventures of the players, some famous, others not so famous, in this most important drama by alternating back and forth in time and place.
While we may remember the names of only some of the characters responsible for this here-to-for untold story, the bottom line is that their accomplishments turn out to be pivotal in the grand scheme of European history. In fact, although I had considered myself to be quite familiar with the Templars, I came away from this book learning so much more. For me, this is the finest and most easily readable history of the K.T. that I’ve had the pleasure of encountering.
Full of maps, photos, and illustrations, backed up by countless references from a multitude of sources, the age old question is answered of why the exceedingly small number of nine Knights Templar were said to have “guarded the pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem” and then proceeded to “dig under the Temple Mount” finding “treasure” that was taken to France and subsequently smuggled out of that country at a later date when the Templars were being threatened with extinction by the Pope and the French king. Much of the legend is literal, but much of it is also metaphor, metaphysical, and, for those who have ears to hear, of high spiritual content.
How do we correlate the “keystone that the builders rejected”, the Ka’Ba cube of Mecca, the origin of the word “sion”, the Jewish Kabbalah, Masonry’s “Chamber of Mysteries”, the Essene Brotherhood, the Merovingian bloodline, King Arthur and the Roundtable, the Egyptian God Osiris and his consort Isis, the River Thames, ancient pagan temples, Gnosticism, King Solomon’s “stables”, the Marian Gothic Cathedrals and other sacred architecture, the venerable St. Bernard of Clairvaux and his Cistercian Monks, St. John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, Sufism, the Saint Clair family, the Ark of the Covenant and Holy Grail myths, the beehive and the honeycomb, the pentagram, “Sophia”, the location and story of ancient Troy, the geometrical shapes of the circle/octagon/arch/vesica pisces/dome/square/triangle/pyramid, the number 33, gold treasure, Moses and his Tablets of Law, musical harmonics, the human brain and DNA, the palm tree, the Westford Knight, geomancy, resurrection/“raising the dead”, The Way, the fish symbol, baphomet, the Portuguese word for “horse”, cryptography, the Green Man, alchemy and Hermes, the Druids, “salvation”, hereticism, “gate to the underworld”, the energy of flowing water, “sourcerers”, and so much more….? Silva makes it clear!
Along the way and in keeping with his obviously good sense of humor, our author briefly introduces us to real people with amusing names like Geraldo the Fearless, Peter the Hermit, Walter the Penniless, and Raoul the Fat. He also injects politely worded phrases that keep us smiling, such as, “…sent a defiant message and a provocative middle finger…”, “…beavering away under the Temple Mount…”, “…an electrified Ark…which proved so effective that it gave the Philistines who approached it hemorrhoids….”, “…Erea’s spiritual counsel also lusted after her, but upon learning he was one of many men with a bulge in his loins,…”, “Bernard of Clairvaux would be venting liquid magma were he standing beside me right now….”, and, “If this hall was originally designed to function as a wine cellar then I’m the barber of Seville!”
But, levity aside, Silva manages to show us how, under seemingly blind faith to the Church of Rome, “an extraordinarily intricate but well developed web of connections, friendships and family ties spanning three decades and three separate geographic regions” cleverly uses a “front” to hide the treasure they discovered in Jerusalem that was “…not so much a treasure of gold as a treasure of words.” In keeping with all true Gnostics, “They recognized the human condition for what it is, a spiritual death.”
As Silva demonstrates, “The implications are clear: the Templars discovered a treasure of [Essene] scrolls under the Temple Mount and a monetary treasure, and they did it thanks to cryptographers who unraveled both the language and the cipher. With their newfound and carefully guarded knowledge they embarked on a journey of empowering people through enlightenment, using the finances at their disposal to build the finest medieval temples, the Gothic cathedrals, while resurrecting from the dead some of the most insensate parts of Europe. And they were loved for it.”
So while this book contains solid Portuguese, European, and Middle East history, it also gives us genuine esoteric morsels---food for the wisdom of the mind and of the soul. I recommend it most highly!