[Sca-cooks] The Templars

Ana Valdes agora158 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 24 16:52:59 PST 2007

I must say I fully agree with Lainie. I have myself doing a through
research about the Templars and it's very difficult to do withot
reading French and/or Latin, since the documents regarding the order's
trial and interrogation were carried out in French and in Latin.
The problem with the Templars is they have been exploited by Hollywood
and for writers as Brown and others, who take some of the most
sensational aspects of the order and made of them conspiratory
theories and dramatic tales.
This is really difficult today to look through the djungle of Templars
literature without fall in terms as "The arcane knowledge of the
Templars", "The treasure of the Templars", "The banning of the
Templars", "De Morlay's maldition", etc, etc.
Try to concentrate on the less known aspects of the Templars, how they
survived in Scotland and Portugal, who refused to obey the French and
the Pope's decrets. How they worked together with other groups in the
exile to try to save some of their knowledge.
How they worked together with Jews and Muslims in a real echumenic spirit.
Good luck.

On 1/25/07, Nick Sasso <grizly at mindspring.com> wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> When it comes to the Templars, one of the things I would do is try to get
> *away* from the whole Leigh/Baigent angle as far as you can. Whether they
> sailed to America, built Rosslin Chapel, guarded Mary Magdalene, practised
> Gnostic heresies or fought for gay rights is just not something that will
> earn you kudos from serious history buffs, let alone professionals. What
> there should be a market for is a book that answers the basic questions us
> SCAdians ask:  > > > > > > > >
> the recommendation I have to offer is to do whatever it takes to be able to
> read and understand what primary texts are available.  Should you be able to
> get your eyes on them, ignorance will deprive you of actual, real
> information. Learn to read the languages.  Find out what the passable
> secondary sources are . .. and what the serious and truly useful ones are.
> The others won't matter so much.  Read everything you can get your hands on
> about the subject.  Then read it again.  become so immersed in the subject
> that you can quote chapter and verse . . . then you will be able to decide
> where to advance or redirect the knowledge base.
> If you are just looking for a new angle to rehash the information that
> everyone else has already discovered and written about, then figure out how
> to see everything differently than anyone else has already.  I want to read
> something new and fresh about the topic that clarifies or dispels myths and
> misunderstandings.  As someone said already, this VERY BROAD topic has
> really been done over and over again, so finding the new perspective is the
> key.
> niccolo difrancesco
> PS if you have not done serious, scholarly writing and research before, that
> is your first gaol.  Learn about journals and serious literature and how to
> read and evaluate methodology and interpretation critically.  Learn about
> probability theory and inferential and deductive reasoning.  Psychology,
> sociology and anthropology are generally optional and have various levels of
> usefulness in studying humanity.
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