July 15, 2024
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    Templar History

    The Knights Templar Seal

    Before delving into the seal that has become synonymous with the Knights Templar, it is crucial to understand the purpose of such seals. During the Middle Ages, affixing a seal to a document was the [...]
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    Saladin and the Templars: A Clash of Titans

    Saladin and the Templars Introduction: Salah al-Din Yusuf bin Ayub, commonly known as Saladin, was a towering figure in the medieval world. As the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, he rose to prominence as the [...]
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    American Rituals – American Rite

    Thomas Smith Webb (right) was a key player in the development of American ritual. The Masonic Ritual in the United States: History vs. Tradition By Bro. A.L. Kress, Pennsylvania For a long time now Bro. [...]
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    The Cryptic Rite

    The Cryptic Rite The Council of Royal and Select Masters is referred to as Cryptic Masonry and takes its name from the word Crypt having its origins in the Greek language meaning a concealed place [...]
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    Masonic Ballot

    In the election of candidates, Lodges have recourse to a ballot of white and black balls. Some Grand Lodges permit the use of white balls with black cubes. However, the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge [...]

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The Beauseant: Albert Mackey’s Article

Publisher’s Note: Many of the writings of early Masonic historians took considerable liberties with Templar History, connecting their lineage to the Freemasons. As such, we present this information on the Beauseant as a record of […]

Battle of Arsuf
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The Battle of Arsuf

The Battle of Arsuf: Within a week of the Muslim victory at Hattin on July 4, 1187, the port city of Acre surrendered to Saladin’s army. Within a month, Toron, Sidon, Gibelet, and Beirut also […]

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King Richard I – The Lionheart

Effigy of King Richard I by Adam Bishop     CC3.0 A King Is Born While Richard Plantagenet is revered as one of the great warrior kings of England, he is perhaps best known as […]

The Crusades

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The Crusades

The Knights Hospitaller

The Knights Hospitaller, known officially as “Knights of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem,” was founded at Jerusalem during the first Crusade. It has been known also as “Knights of Rhodes”, […]

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The Crusades

The True Cross – a Holy relic

Above: The Finding of the True Cross, Agnolo Gaddi, Florence, 1380 One of the outcomes of the Crusades was the production of many religious relics. Among these alleged instruments of Divinity the more common ones […]

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The Crusades

The Teutonic Knights

The Teutonic Knights of St. Mary’s Hospital of Jerusalem was one of the three great religious and military orders produced by the Crusades. It was founded during the third Crusade, and was the last one […]

Templar Mysteries

Baphomet enigma
Templar Mysteries

The Baphomet Enigma

The Baphomet Enigma by Stephen Dafoe In his 1972 science fiction novel, Baphomet’s Meteor, French author Pierre Barbet crafts an entertaining story of alternative history about the Knights Templar and the demonic entity known as […]

Grand Master Jacques deMolay - Bearded Head of the Templars
Templar Mysteries

The Bearded Head of the Templars

Many accusations were leveled against the Knights Templar during the trials that the Order worshiped a Bearded Head of the Templars. The question remains as to what this head was and what was its significance […]

Modern Day Templarism

in hoc signo vinces
Modern Templars

In Hoc Signo Vinces

“In Hoc Signo Vinces,” Latin for “In this sign, you shall conquer,” is a phrase with historical significance that has been associated with Christianity and the Knights Templar. The origin of this motto can be […]

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Modern Templars

Templar Motors Company, a brief history

Above: Templar Motors Company Templar Sportette Templar Motors Company by Stephen Dafoe Reprinted From The Scottish Rite Journal March April – 2006 The “Templar Vitalic Top-Valve Motor,” a luxury car of its day, put out […]

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