posted on Mar, 7 2007 @ 10:34 AM
I checked my EOHSJ manuals and booklets, as well as official/unofficial websites for the Order, but no mention of his title, other than "Sir".
I did a Google search on Godfrey, and Wikipedia calls him "Duke of Lower Lorraine" - I guess we were each half-right!
It does say that he was born near modern Brussels (Brabant), so that might be where I thought he was the Duke of Brabant, or maybe I confused him with
Baldwin of Flanders (okay, Flanders and Brabant aren't the same...)
As for the Prior of Sion-Order of the Holy Sepulchre link, I really don't believe it exists, other than the Order was first established in "Zion"
(Outremer, Palestine). The Order of the Holy Sepulchre was not a Templar offshoot, it was its own organization with a different specific purpose and
founder, just as the Hospitallers were different. The Hospitallers and Order of the Holy Sepulchre were merged at one time after the loss of the
Crusader kingdoms, but was short-lived.
There was a medieval "Priory of Sion" in Europe, but it went defunct long, long ago. I can't recall which religious order it belonged to, but I'm
tempted to say the Cistercians. I believe this was, in part, the basis of the Prior of Sion myth created by the two Frenchmen. Again, one of the
cable channels made mention of this.