The Knights Templar
by Katherine Kurtz
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My interest in the Knights Templar goes back many, many years, and first
surfaced in print when I began writing about the Knights of Saint Michael in
the Deryni series. (The Michaelines were intended as a melding of the best
qualities of Templars and Jesuits--a formidable mix!)
Once the genie had been let out of the bottle, Templars just kept popping up
in my writing. I dragged Debby into the fracas when they started surfacing in
the Adept series. (She lives in Scotland and has a similar passion for Scottish
history, so this was not difficult.) By then, I'd become a member of a modern
Templar Order, been invested in a ceremony much as we describe in "The Templar
Treasure"--and dragged Debby to a similar investiture--and had really begun
digging for more information about their "crypto-history" as well as the
mainline history that I outlined in "Tales of the Knights Templar" and "On
And then there was the Stone of Destiny. There's long been a sub-thread to
Scottish history that says Edward I didn't get the real one when his men raided
Scone Abbey--a substitution had been made--and hence, that the Stone recently
returned to Edinburgh Castle (on "loan" from the British crown, to be "borrowed
back" when they need to crown their next king) is not the true Stone. (I've
seen one that some modern-day Templars claim is the real one, and know of at
least one other, but neither matches the early descriptions.)
Not a lot remains at the site of Scone Abbey from the time of royal
inaugurations there--we spent hours tromping around the grounds and questioning
bemused guides--but we were able to piece together a plausible scenario for how
the Templars could have made the switch and rescued the genuine article before
Edward's men got there.
The holy isle of Iona was another definitely magical place. We made our
pilgrimage in the glorious spring of last year, following the same route that
would have been taken by Arnault de Saint Clair and Torquil Lennox, and
expanded on our magical impressions by drawing on the beautiful language of the
Carmina Gadaelica. Similarly, we visited Balantrodoch, Dunkeld, Sterling,
Falkirk... When you're writing in the framework of real history, there's
nothing like on-site research!
And of course, the Templar story in Scotland goes on after Bruce is crowned.
The Order of the Temple got the chop from the King of France only a year later;
but it's said that a band of renegade Templars charged in to save the day,
banners flying, at the Battle of Bannockburn. If they did, I'm sure that
Brothers Arnault and Torquil were there!
Copyright 1998 by Katherine Kurtz
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