posted on Dec, 18 2004 @ 02:37 AM
Originally posted by troylawson
...I was wondering how true the part about the crusades was and the real-life charactors, i.e. Benjamin Franklin, etc. I doubt the authenticity about
a secret map on the back of Declaration of Independance, but did the Knights temple or Knights of columbus have a treasure back in the dark ages? Or
is this yet another one of your secrets you hold near and dear?
I haven't seen the movie yet, but have heard much about it. It is based on real history, but the story itself is completely fictional.
Benjamin Franklin was a very active Mason. He was Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania, and was also a Past Master of the Lodge of Nine Muses in
Paris, which he presided over the night Voltaire was initiated. He also published the first Masonic book in the Colonies, "Constitutions of the
Ancient and Honorable Society of Free Masons" by Rev. James Anderson.
It is true that the Knights Templar were a military order in the middle ages, and that they had amassed great wealth. However, each Knight Templar was
a monk, and each had taken a vow of poverty. Their wealth, therefore, was first used to establish hospitals in the Holy Land, as well as to support
other charities. Apparently, the Pope and King of Spain considered this a waste of money; they had the Knights arrested on trumped-up charges, stole
their treasury, and split it among themselves.
It is highly unlikely that any Templar treasure survived this pogrom, as practically every leading member was imprisoned.