posted on May, 26 2008 @ 03:32 PM
reply to post by Red Dawn
You should read the Templar Code for DUmmies by Christopher Hodapp.
Its a great book with excellent research regarding the Templars from the author who is a 33 degree mason who has spent many years speaking and
researching these topics.
In his book Hodapp debunks much of the popular theory of the Templars and discusses point by point all the theories of their treasure. I can't
remember it fact for fact, but Hodapp discusses the evidence that the Templars did not in fact escape with a treasure. Apparently the King of France
de-valued the French currency by melting it and skimming some of the top to use in his wars or some other pursuit. He was apparently found out or
almost found out and used the Templars as a skape goat. I think the gist was he captured the Templars main castle/keep and found no treasure. However,
according to written history he very shortly thereafter re-called much of the French coin currency and had it re-cast with better quality
metals/gold/silver re-adding to its value. Hodapp infers from hsi research that the King some how came into a large amount of gold and silver to
re-cast the coins... and that this most likely was the fabled Templar treasure. That's not to say that a small contingent of Templars didn't escape
beforehand with a treasure of historical or religious value.
Relative to the discussion of the National Treasure movie and the Founding Fathers, Hodapp has published another book to contradict this hoo-ha.
Builders is a great look at colonial america, the founding fathers, the establishment of Washington, D.C. and the truth, based on much factual
research, about the Revolutionary war and the founding fathers.
Note, i'm not Hodapp, his publisher, nor do i work for Amazon. I've read a number of Masonic books and feel this author has published several
excellent volumes mentioned above. i strongly encourage anyone interested in these topics to read these two books.