Thursday, 22 December 2016

Writing - Knights Templar

Dan Brown and others have used the tale of the Knights Templar in stories to add historical verisimilitude to their books. An interesting instrument to employ.

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The order began in Jerusalem around 1118 - 19 and was officially sanctioned by Pope Honorius II in 1129. It didn't take long for the order to begin acquiring property and support in England with royal backing.
As a movement it was constantly looking for new recruits and on the face of it the only requirement is to have a vocation to fight for God. They made three monastic vows,
1. to obey their commanding officer;
2. to relinquish all personal property; and,
3. to abstain from sex.

Some of the rules could be bent if enough property had been handed over on entry.

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The emblazoned uniform was renowned across the battlefields and even earned the respect of Muslim forces because of their 'no retreat' order in battle. The order thrived throughout the 12th and most of the 13th century, however, in 1291 the fall of Acre to the Muslims saw the Christians lose their last major stronghold in the Holy Land. The finger of blame was pointed at the Knights Templar and because of their wealth, they became a target. The French were leading the accusations of heresy.
The French arrested and tortured many of the Knights died. In 1307 Philip IV had 54 Templars burned at the stake. The popularity in England waned due to royal connections between the French and English royal families. 
The Knights Templar movement was dissolved in 1312.

I have included this brief description as an example of real situations that could be used to spawn future stories. In my books I have not delved back centuries but used more recent real events and organisations as sources of inspiration.

At the current time there is the presidential election in the USA and if you consider the electoral system there is undoubted connection back to the events of 9/11. There is the involvement of the security agencies, unexplained and precipitate actions by the US Government and a failure of security agencies to communicate knowledge with each other. Many of the same people are probably still in post 15 years later. So read 7 Hours After and allow your mind to wander freely and decide what is fact and what is fiction.


Patrick Steele is off crusading once again with his sidekick, fiancée Naomi Kobayashi. This time he is risking life and limb by returning to the hostile shores of the USA. He has had brushes with the authorities in that vast country on previous occasions, but now has been stimulated to return because of apparent dodgy dealings over the World Trade Centre disaster of September 11th 2001.
After discovering numerous ‘theories’ concerning 9/11 and who was behind it, Steele identifies possible links between large corporations with financial interests and political parties. In a presidential election year he is concerned that those vying for that prodigious post may have links with the disaster.
Has Steele discovered underhand dealing by the US security services? 
Did one of the major political parties have a hand in the destruction of 9/11?
Will Steele be caught by the CIA or can he escape back to the safety of the UK?

What was Building 7?

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