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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (31 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578633176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578633173
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Tim Wallace-Murphy is an author and lecturer with an international reputation. He is the driving force behind the creation of the European Templar Heritage Research Network and author of "Rosslyn" and "The Mark of the Beast".

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Bought this to get an insight into my Peterson family history in the Shetlands, who would of thought so much interesting stuff was going on up their!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing. Title is misleading. Info is very good. 3 Jun. 2007
By Billy Stewart - Published on
Format: Paperback
The title is very misleading. Being a lover of all things Templar and assuming the book contained theories about Templars coming to America after their extermination by the Catholic church and Phillip the Fair of France, I was interested to see what proof was presented.

This book is a study of what has become known as THE ZENO NARRATIVE and everything surrounding it, written history, archaeology, oral traditions, etc.

To sum up, Earl (or Prince) Henry Sinclair of Orkney is purported to have visited and settled in the Americas with the assistance of legends and writings from his Nordic (Viking) heritage and a pair of Venetian mariners, Antonio and Nicolo Zeno. This was said to have happened around 1398, almost 100 years prior to Columbus. Enter the controversy.

The book presents a very sound case for this settlement, offering archaeological and historical documentation, some of which can be viewed by anyone that wants to make a trip to New England or Canada. I believed that the Americas were used in established trade for centuries before Columbus, and this book further supports that belief.

Well researched with an impressive bibliography and extensive footnotes and references, this book covers every base.

3 issues make me rate this historical study a 4 instead of a 5 and they are:
1) The authors reference and seem to have an agenda surrounding Rex Deus (I won't get in depth, but Rex Deus claim to be kin to the Old Testament Priests and therefore somehow historically desireable or even worthy of kingship?). They don't go in to great depth about this, but it stays on the periphery of the book throughout.
2) The title is very misleading, regardless of the factual basis or content of the book. I very much enjoyed this book and the historical assertions it makes, but it was not what the title suggests and that is a problem for me no matter how much I enjoy the work. THIS BOOK IS NOT A STUDY OF TEMPLARS IN AMERICA, rather it is a study of a possible descendent or relative of a Templar, that traveled to America.
3) The book makes reference to the connection between the Knights Templar and the Freemasons. This is just not so. I am a student of the Templars and know for a fact that these connections are based on conjecture and wishful thinking to support "Holy Grail" or "Mary Magdalene" type mysteries (which I enjoy as fiction, but none of the grail or mary magdalene stuff can be proven as fact). They suggest this tie with the usual association between the Sinclairs (St. Clairs) and the Freemasons. There is nothing to tie Freemasonry to Templars except that the Freemasons based their organization on some of the rules of the Templar order.

So, to sum up, this was a very good historical account of pre-Columbian voyages to the new world. Flawed only by the title, a questionable agenda regarding an ancient secret society and references to connections between the Templars and organizations of today.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on Early America Explorations 9 Dec. 2006
By OtherWorlds&Wisdom - Published on
Format: Paperback
Finally a book that dispenses with all the fabricated and wildly unproven Templar theories. This book is mainly, however, about the early Sinclair/Zeno trip(s) to America before Columbus. They did have Templar connections. One of the highlights of this book is the discussion on the Newport Tower in Rhode Island. There can be no doubt this predates Columbus. It's time for serious archaeological study of this structure. The only place that the authors get off topic is in chapter 12 where they try to be philosophical and make you feel bad about the America Indians. Sorry, but the population drop of the Indians wasn't "primarily due to genocide." The majority had died from disease between the initial European contacts and large scale colonization. I'm not saying they weren't persecuted, but they weren't as peace loving as the authors trying to make them out either. But the authors do make a good point about the natives not forgetting and ignoring nature around them. In any case, this book is a solid look at early American explorations.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - More Like - Voyages to America Before Columbus 5 Sept. 2009
By Joseph J. Slevin - Published on
Format: Paperback
Wallace-Murphy attempts to inform of us of how the family Sinclair, who became popularized since in the Da Vinci Code, had knowledge of and influence in the New World prior to Columbus.

He does an excellent job of tracking down information regarding Viking voyages and history surrounding Vinland and Greenland and even gives us a few hints along the way about possible North African, Welsh and Scotch/Irish legends (Brendan).

The book reads mostly like a novel and he has some very interesting factoids with photos and other things that point to the possibilities that the Sinclair family had one of its most famous ancestors live in the area of New England.

He mentions two very interesting things, one is the Newport Tower. He does mention a comparison of the Newport Tower to round churches. Wallace-Murphy mentions one person in connection with the Newport Tower and her research and by doing a search on google using Newport Tower and photos, her web page was one of the first listed. Not sure if her site was on when he wrote this, but, it would have a great addition to even have some of these photos to show the point.

Additionally, just recently the Vinland Map, which is of Danish origin, was judged to be authentic due to tests at Lawrence Livermore Labs. This adds some credence that it was just prior to Columbus by 40 years that the Danes were travelling or at least had source materials to work with.

The book is an interesting overview of history from the perspective of the Sinclair family. You will learn a little about Venetian history as well.

The book should be read from the beginning. I attempted to read assorted chapters and really there was too much context missing, so, reading from the start is the only way to go with Templars in America. In fact, it is an engaging reading overall.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book 2 May 2012
By dchiarella56 - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am a Mason and this book was very helpful to me. It describes the Templar visits to America before Columbus. In fact Columbus bore the Templar Cross on his ships and his father in law was a Mason. It describes the Vikings routes to America before Columbus and the Zeno Narrative of travels with Henry Sinclair. I am also a student of Scottish History and i find it most credible that they discovered America first. Sinclair was involved with Templars and the Masons. The book is an eye opener and rewrites history with compelling evidence - Newport Tower and Westford Knight grave stone. I don't know when schools will teach this stuff but it needs to be soon.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview 30 Jan. 2009
By David Brody - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book provides a great overview of the history of the Knights Templar, both in Europe and America. The comparison of stonework on structures in Orkney with stonework on the Newport Tower is striking and adds illustrated evidence to the case the authors are making. I relied heavily on this book in researching my own novel on the subject. Cabal of The Westford Knight: Templars at the Newport Tower Readers, too, will appreciate the thorough research and quality writing in this book.
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