The Templar Meridians by William F. Mann © 2006

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    The Templar Meridians  by  William F. Mann  ©  2006         Inner Traditions  ISBN  1-59477-076-X                    335 pages        Paperback        #18.95 (U.S.)  01/23/06


    What happened to the legendary treasure of the Knights Templar after the French king, Philippe IV, raided their Paris headquarters in 1307?  For that matter WHAT was the legendary treasure of the Templars?  This book is another in a growing list of works to tackle these questions among others.


    The author, who also penned The Knights Templar in the New World, is the great nephew of a former Supreme Grand master of the Knights Templar of Canada, and thus has an inside track for information, legends, and stories which would be difficult for others to access.  The author seeks to prove, as he contended in his earlier work, that the over-riding “treasure” of the Templars was knowledge that was closely held, even more than physical, monetary items (although there may heave been stores of those, as well).


    This knowledge, gleaned from documents (perhaps) encountered during the Templars’ sojourn in the Holy Land during the Crusades enabled them to make voyages of exploration and to plant colonies in the New World before its official “discovery” by Columbus in 1492.  These colonies could be the repository for other secrets and wealth.  Few people today would dispute that fact that America had been visited in pre-Columbian times by other visitors from the Old World, although there may be some disagreement about the concept of colonization in those times.


    The subtitle of this current volume, “The Secret Mapping of the New World”, lets the reader know that the “treasure” of the Templar under discussion is only peripherally concerned with gems and gold, or even the Holy Bloodline.  Major consideration is given to the careful recording of locations in the Americas and their relationship to the organization of the Templars and their reputed descendants, the Freemasons.


    William Mann has the advantage of being both informative and entertaining in his style of presentation.  He is not the first author to tackle these subjects nor, I suspect, will he be the last.  What he is is one of the ones who are easiest to read.  He conveys large amounts of information without overwhelming the reader.  He brings history to life and makes the workings of masonry understandable to the average reader without, I believe, causing offense to the adherents of that particular system.


    This isn’t a book for everyone.  Some will dismiss it as sheer speculation; some as merely story-telling; but others will, at the very least, read what the author has to say and then wonder…Could all, or part of it, be true?    It is quite possible that this book will accomplish what the author truly wishes – to inspire the reader to search for the truth, whatever that ends up being for the individual.


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